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Case B72/2023

MDP v. The King

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

27/06/2023 Supreme Court of Queensland (Court of Appeal) (Mullins P, Morrison JA, Henry J)

[2023] QCA 134


Evidence –  Propensity evidence – Miscarriage of justice – Where appellant convicted of various child sexual assault and domestic violence offences against former partner’s daughter – Where evidence included evidence from complainant’s sister that appellant smacked complainant on bottom – Where trial judge directed jury if they accepted bottom slapping evidence was true, and that it displayed sexual interest of appellant in complainant beyond reasonable doubt, they could use it to reason that it was more likely that offences occurred – Where Court of Appeal found bottom slapping evidence did not meet test for admissibility of propensity evidence – Where Court of appeal found evidence admissible under s 132B of Evidence Act 1977 (Qld) (“evidence of domestic  violence”) – Whether Court of Appeal erred holding that no miscarriage of justice occurred when evidence inadmissible as propensity evidence was nonetheless left to jury to be used as propensity evidence.


07/12/2023 Determination (SLA, Canberra)

21/12/2023 Notice of appeal

30/01/2024 Written submissions (Appellant)

30/01/2024 Chronology (Appellant)

01/03/2024 Written submissions (Respondent)

28/03/2024 Written submissions (Director of Public Prosecutions (Cth), seeking leave to intervene or to be heard as amicus curiae)

28/03/2024 Written submissions (Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW), seeking leave to intervene)

18/04/2024 Reply

04/06/2024 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

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