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Gardner wins appeal against murder conviction

A man convicted by a jury of a fatal shooting has won an appeal against his conviction.

In 2014 a jury found Wolda Gardner guilty of the murder of George Lynch, but in a judgment delivered yesterday the Court of Appeal found that some evidence included in the trial should not have been admitted.

A judgment, written by Appeal Judge Geoffrey Bell, concluded: “The question for the court is whether, absent these errors, the jury would still have convicted the appellant.

“I cannot be confident that they would have done so.

“In my judgment the errors collectively render the jury's majority verdict unsafe and I would therefore allow the appeal.”

Prosecutor Carrington Mahoney stated the Crown would seek a retrial in the case.

Mr Lynch, a 40-year-old Jamaican national, was fatally shot outside of his neighbour's Hamilton Parish home on May 5, 2010.

• It is The Royal Gazette's policy not to allow comments on stories regarding criminal court cases. This is to prevent any statements being published that may jeopardise the outcome of that case.

Wolda Gardner, who has won an appeal against his conviction for the murder of George Lynch (File photograph)

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Published June 04, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 04, 2016 at 10:15 am)

Gardner wins appeal against murder conviction

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