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Bitter appeals

Wednesday, July 04, 2012    

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EDWARD Bitter, a Kingston resident now serving a life sentence for the murder of a taxi operator, is challenging his conviction in the Court of Appeal.

Bitter, 30, was sentenced recently in the Home Circuit Court to life behind bars and ordered to serve 20 years before becoming eligible for parole for the 2006 murder of Hugh Smikle along Roosevelt Terrace, off Shortwood Road in St Andrew.

He is challenging his conviction on the grounds of "misidentity, unfair trial and miscarriage of justice", according to documents filed in the Court of Appeal.

On the ground of misidentity, Bitter is claiming that "the prosecution witness and evidence presented wrongfully identified him as the person or being among the persons" who committed the crime.

The prosecution, Bitter noted in the court document, failed to present any material or scientific evidence to link him to the crime.

On the ground of unfair trial, Bitter is claiming that the evidence presented during the trial in May "lacked facts and credibility, thus rendering the verdict unsafe in the circumstances".

Regarding the ground of miscarriage of justice, he argued that the "court failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the admissibility" of the evidence on which the jury was directed.

Bitter was arrested and charged after being found in possession of a motor car and jewellery belonging to the deceased man. The gun used in the act was also found in his possession.

He had denied any involvement in the murder during his trial.

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