(1) This section applies where—
(a) a person is called as a witness in proceedings for an offence triable only on indictment, or for a prescribed offence triable either way,
(b) the person claims to have witnessed (whether visually or in any other way)—
(i) events alleged by the prosecution to include conduct constituting the offence or part of the offence, or
(ii) events closely connected with such events,
(c) he has previously given an account of the events in question (whether in response to questions asked or otherwise),
(d) the account was given at a time when those events were fresh
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