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In a murder case we are working on, one of the witnesses seemed to implicate one of the victim's previous boyfriends (she said he told her how to commit the perfect murder and many of the details matched what had actually happened) and then implicated the defendant. It was mentioned in the papers that she had a son in trouble with the police. So my questions are:
How much weight will be attached to the fact that a witness implicates one suspect and then another when it is known that she has a son in trouble with the police? Is she likely to be regarded as unreliable in the absence of any evidence of being pressurised by the police?