—(1) Where —
proceedings are taken against a person for having received goods knowing them to be stolen or for having in his possession stolen property; and
evidence is given that the stolen property was found in his possession,
then, if he has been convicted of an offence involving fraud or dishonesty within the 5 years immediately preceding, evidence of that previous conviction may be given and may be taken into consideration when proving that the accused knew that the property in his possession was stolen.
(2) The accused must be given at least 7 days’ written notice that proof will be given of the previous conviction under subsection (1).
(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), the previous conviction of the accused need not be entered in the charge.