The appellants allegedly robbed the complainant of a
mercedes benz at gun point. They were convicted of
robbery contrary to sections 272 and 273(1) (now 285 and
286(1)) of the Penal Code Act and they appealed
contending that they were not accorded a fair hearing
because their counsel was absent at the commencement of
the trial and as such, the evidence of the prosecution
witnesses wasn’t challenged by cross-examination.