Privy Council overturn the conviction of Devon Hewey

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has today overturned the conviction of Devon Hewey.

Mr Hewey was convicted of the murder of Mr Randy Robinson, who was shot and killed in 2011 by two men riding a motorbike. A significant part of the prosecution’s case centred on Gunshot Residue (GSR) found at the scene – yet the type of GSR that would be present on the individual who fired the murder weapon was not found on Mr Hewey or his clothes. Despite this, he was convicted and sentenced to like imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years.

Due to errors in the handling of the GSR evidence by the trial judge, Mr Hewey’s case will now be remitted to the Court of Appeal in Bermunda to decide if a re-trial is appropriate.

James Wood QC represented Mr Hewey with Amanda Clift-Matthews and instructed by Parvais Jabbar of The Death Penatly Project. Angela Shaw was instructed to provide fresh forensic evidence relating to GSR.

The judgment can be found here.