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Saltus cleared of 2012 Stovell murder

A man twice found guilty of a gun murder yesterday had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Travonne Saltus walked free from court after the appeals panel found that there had been errors in the trial judge’s direction of the jury at his second trial but ruled out another one and entered an acquittal.

Richard Horseman, who appeared for Mr Saltus, said: “Mr Saltus has now been exonerated and he was immediately released from custody.

“He has always maintained his innocence and hopefully he can now put this matter behind him and make a new beginning.”

Mr Horseman added: “I know he is extremely happy to be going home to his family and his two daughters.

“We are obviously pleased with the ruling and grateful to the Court of Appeal for its careful consideration of this matter.”

Mr Saltus was found guilty of the 2012 gang-related shooting of wheelchair-bound Lorenzo Stovell in 2017 and was sentenced to 25 years.

But the case was later sent back to the Supreme Court by the Court of Appeal.

He was convicted again last year and sentenced to life with eligibility for parole after 15 years.

Mr Stovell, who was confined to a wheelchair as a result of an earlier shooting, was killed on September 23, 2012.

He was alone on a party bus that stopped outside Woody’s Bar in Sandys and was shot several times through the window.

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