Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dwaine George: British Criminal Cases Review Commission cites new scientific evidence relating to gunshot residue as reason for referring his murder conviction to the nation's Court of Appeal;

RELEASE: "Commission refers the murder conviction of Dwaine George to the Court of Appeal,"  published by the British government on November 15, 2013. (Thanks to the Wrongful Convictions Blog for drawing this case to our attention. HL);

GIST: "The Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred the murder conviction of Dwaine George to the Court of Appeal. Mr George was tried in 2002 at Preston Crown Court for murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 12 years. Mr George appealed against his convictions in 2004, but the appeal was dismissed. Following a wide ranging review, the Criminal Cases Review Commission has decided to refer Mr George’s convictions to the Court of Appeal. The referral is based on new scientific evidence, relating to gunshot residue, that the Commission considers raises a real possibility that the Court of Appeal will now quash Mr George’s convictions. Mr George’s representatives at Cardiff University Law School Innocence Project raised issues relating to gunshot residue evidence and made representations to the Commission based on an expert report obtained by them. As part of its review, the CCRC commissioned further specific expert analysis of gunshot residue evidence and its presentation at trial. The Commission’s referral is centred around that further expert report."

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