Ex-cricketer fails in jail term appeal

Published Wednesday, 19 December 2012
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A former Indian cricket star has failed in a bid to overturn his conviction for sexually molesting a boy more than 30 years ago.

Ex-cricketer fails in jail term appeal
Uday Joshi, 68, is serving a six year jail sentence. (© UTV)

Senior judges in Belfast dismissed Uday Joshi's appeal on Wednesday after ruling the guilty verdict against him was safe.

Joshi, 68, is serving a six year jail sentence imposed in March for indecent assault offences committed against a 13-year-old boy in 1979.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

At the time, he was a right-arm off-spinner for Sussex, but had come to Northern Ireland to play for a local club and conduct training sessions with aspiring cricketers.

Originally from the Rajkot area of India, Joshi is now an American citizen with an address at Cole Mill Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina.

His trial heard how he impressed the teenage fan with stories of playing with and against the likes of former England captains Geoffrey Boycott and Tony Greig before allegedly carrying out the sexual abuse.

Defence lawyers based their challenge to the conviction on the weight of the evidence and the complainant's credibility.

They argued that the jury was not properly warned and guided about inconsistencies and delays in the case.

Further grounds of appeal centred on uncorroborated evidence and an allegedly flawed police investigation.

Counsel for Joshi claimed the 32-year delay in bringing a prosecution caused prejudice.

He also took issue with the alleged victim's good character being put before the jury, contending that it improperly strengthened his evidence.

But the prosecution argued that this point had little bearing on the outcome of the trial.

The Court of Appeal was told Joshi's previously unblemished record was also emphasised, with testimonies from sporting and educational figures.

Delivering judgment on Wednesday, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, Lord Justice Higgins and Lord Justice Coghlin rejected the grounds of challenge.

Sir Declan said: "We are satisfied that the learned trial judge properly exposed the issues in the complainant's evidence which touched on his reliability and credibility.

"This was a paradigm case for a decision by the jury as to whether they were satisfied to the requisite standard.

"We find no basis upon which to interfere with their decision and are not left with any sense of unease about the verdict.

"The appeal must be dismissed."

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