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Trott-Edwards bailed before murder retrial

Kiahna Trott-Edwards has been granted bail as she awaits a retrial on the charge of murdering a 16-year-old boy.

Last week, Ms Trott-Edwards's conviction and sentence for murdering Shijuan Mungal were set aside as the Court of Appeal pointed to “regrettable errors” at her trial last year.

At a Supreme Court hearing yesterday, Chief Justice Ian Kawaley granted bail, despite an objection from the Department of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Justice Kawaley said bail would be on the same terms as previously given to Ms Trott-Edwards: $30,000 plus two like sureties, with the court retaining all her travel documents.

She must report daily to Hamilton Police Station, avoid interfering with prosecution witnesses and be fitted with an electronic monitoring device.

The mother of three, 33, was found guilty last year of murdering Shijuan by striking him around the head with a baseball bat during a confrontation outside her Warwick home on September 8, 2014.

She was later jailed for life by Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons, who ordered that she serve a minimum of eight years behind bars before she could be considered for parole.

However, in handing down a judgment last week, Appeal Judge Geoffrey Bell said he could not conclude that her conviction was safe.

He said errors included Mrs Justice Simmons “adopting a dictatorial attitude” and not being prepared to listen to submissions by defence counsel Courtney Griffiths in the absence of the jury.

The matter is due for mention at the September arraignments session, with a retrial expected in the coming months.

Kiahna Trott-Edwards (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 10, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 10, 2016 at 11:28 am)

Trott-Edwards bailed before murder retrial

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