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Court to hear appeal of attempted murder conviction

A man jailed for 30 years for a daylight shooting in Hamilton is expected to return to court next month to fight against his conviction.

Jahmico Trott, who was found guilty of attempted murder in connection with a 2017 shooting on Court Street, Pembroke, is set to appear before the Court of Appeal during the court’s June session in an effort to overturn his conviction.

During his Supreme Court trial, a jury heard the victim had been in his cousin’s Court Street apartment on May 14, 2017 when a gunman attempted to enter the building.

The victim and his cousin both fled, but the gunman chased him onto the street and fired four shots.

The victim claimed he charged the gunman, who fired two more shots, but in the struggle he was able to identify his attacker as Trott.

Trott denied any involvement in the attack and claimed he had been at home at the time of the daylight shooting.

However the jury found him guilty of attempted murder, using a firearm to commit an indictable offence and handling a firearm.

He was further convicted of threatening a witness while in custody at Westgate.

Trott was subsequently sentenced to 15 years for attempted murder, 10 years for use of a firearm and five years for witness intimidation, to run consecutively.

He was also jailed for 12 years for carrying a firearm, to run concurrently with the other sentences.

Also set to appear before the court is Devon Hewey, whose conviction for the 2011 murder of Randy Robinson was quashed by London’s Privy Council earlier this year.

The judgment referred Mr Hewey’s case to the Court of Appeal to determine if a retrial is appropriate.

In addition to the criminal matters, the Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear several civil cases.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has launched an effort to overturn a ruling by Chief Justice Narinder Hargun that a criminal case against former police officer Barbi Bishop should be dismissed.

Ms Bishop was charged under the Electronic Communications Act after she posted a controversial “All Lives Splatter” meme on Facebook and Instagram four days before a Black Lives Matter March was scheduled to be held in Hamilton.

She denied the charge and launched a legal action against the Crown in March on the basis the charges breached her constitutional rights to freedom of conscience and expression.

Mr Justice Hargun upheld her complaint and ruled that, although the post was “capable of being considered grossly offensive”, it was a breach of the officer’s fundamental right to freedom of expression to bring a criminal case against her.

He added that Ms Bishop already faced a police disciplinary hearing, which could lead to the loss of her job and he was not satisfied that the criminal proceedings were needed.

In another case, convicted killer Wolda Gardner has launched a legal action against the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney-General and the Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Reform.

Gardner, who was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for the 2012 murder of Malcolm Eve, made an application for his conviction to be quashed because he claimed the jury selection process breached his right to a fair trial.

Mr Justice Hargun rejected the application in the Supreme Court on the grounds that it was not in the public interest, but said he could make a constitutional argument to the Court of Appeal.

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