Court of Appeal quashes Petrolini murder conviction 18 years after trial

20.06.12 | |

The Court of Appeal quashed Jamie Petrolini's murder conviction after receiving fresh psychiatric evidence. They substituted a verdict of manslaughter and a hospital order with restriction. He was represented by Paul Taylor.

In 1994 Mr. Petrolini had been convicted of the random murder of a cab driver together with a co-defendant Richard Elsey. Mr. Petrolini was 19 years old and had recently left Gordonstoun School. His defence at trial was diminished responsibility. The Crown disputed this and Mr. Petrolini was convicted of murder and sentenced to custody for life. In 2005 he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and administratively transferred to Broadmoor Hospital.

He appealed against his murder conviction on the basis that the post trial evidence and diagnosis demonstrated that at the time of the killing he had been suffering from prodromal schizophrenia (as had been asserted at trial), and this had substantially impaired his responsibility. The Crown conceded the appeal. The Court gave leave 16 years out of time.

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