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13(1)Section 80 (competence and compellability of accused’s spouse) is amended as follows.
(2)Omit subsections (1) and (8).
(3)For subsections (2) to (4) substitute—
“(2)In any proceedings the wife or husband of a person charged in the proceedings shall, subject to subsection (4) below, be compellable to give evidence on behalf of that person.
(2A)In any proceedings the wife or husband of a person charged in the proceedings shall, subject to subsection (4) below, be compellable—
(a)to give evidence on behalf of any other person charged in the proceedings but only in respect of any specified offence with which that other person is charged; or
(b)to give evidence for the prosecution but only in respect of any specified offence with which any person is charged in the proceedings.
(3)In relation to the wife or husband of a person charged in any proceedings, an offence is a specified offence for the purposes of subsection (2A) above if—
(a)it involves an assault on, or injury or a threat of injury to, the wife or husband or a person who was at the material time under the age of 16;
(b)it is a sexual offence alleged to have been committed in respect of a person who was at the material time under that age; or
(c)it consists of attempting or conspiring to commit, or of aiding, abetting, counselling, procuring or inciting the commission of, an offence falling within paragraph (a) or (b) above.
(4)No person who is charged in any proceedings shall be compellable by virtue of subsection (2) or (2A) above to give evidence in the proceedings.
(4A)References in this section to a person charged in any proceedings do not include a person who is not, or is no longer, liable to be convicted of any offence in the proceedings (whether as a result of pleading guilty or for any other reason).”
(4)In subsection (5), omit “competent and” and, in the side-note, omit “Competence and”.
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