The High Court appeal against the decision of the Northern Territory Supreme Court in DPP v Moseley, in which the NTSC held that it had the power to set aside a judgment of the Court of Criminal Appeal that had been tainted by alleged fraud, has been discontinued. Moseley was convicted of aggravated armed robbery and sentenced to nine years imprisonment, and his accomplice Tippett was also found guilty, and sentenced to seven years. After the conviction, an inmate at Darwin Correctional Centre, Da Silva, made a confession that he, and not Moseley, was Tippett’s accomplice. Tippett and Da Silva gave evidence to the NTCCA that they committed the robbery, which the Court accepted largely on the basis of Da Silva’s apparent lack of motive to falsely confess. Shortly after the conviction, Da Silva recanted his confession and alleged that Moseley had promised him money from the compensation Moseley expected to receive, and Moseley had admitted to committing the robbery.
The NTSC held that its equitable jurisdiction empowered it to set aside a judgment obtained by fraud, and that its concurrent jurisdiction in law and equity means that it may set aside common law judgments on that ground, which extends to appeal judgments in criminal cases. Importantly, the NTSC did not making any finding as to whether the alleged fraud had been made out, only whether it had jurisdiction to set aside the conviction and order a new trial on the basis of the judgment being actuated by fraud. The case was discontinued on 7 November 2013.
|High Court Judgment|
|Result||Discontinued||7 November 2013|
|High Court Documents||Moseley|
|Full Court Hearing|
|Special Leave Hearing|| HCATrans 237||11 October 2013|
|Appeal from NTSC|| NTSC 8||1 March 2013|
|Related Case|| NTCCA 11||6 June 2012|