317 Power to substitute conviction of alternative offence on appeal in Northern Ireland

317  Power to substitute conviction of alternative offence on appeal in Northern Ireland

(1)     The Criminal Appeal (Northern Ireland) Act 1980 (c 47) is amended as follows.

(2)     In section 3 (power to substitute conviction of alternative offence) in subsection (1) after “an offence” there is inserted “to which he did not plead guilty”.

(3)     After section 3 there is inserted—

“3A Power to substitute conviction of alternative offence after guilty plea

(1)     This section applies where—

(a)     an appellant has been convicted of an offence to which he pleaded guilty,

(b)     if he had not so pleaded, he could on the indictment have pleaded,

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