News

Secretary could again face court in Playfair murder

Monday, October 22, 2012 | 5:31 PM    

Print this page Email A Friend!


KINGSTON, Jamaica — The United Kingdom-based Privy Council yesterday threw out the conviction and sentence of Annette Livingston, the secretary convicted in 2003 of the murder of attorney Shirley Playfair.

However, the 55-year-old woman is not yet in the clear as it is still to be decided by the court whether there should be a new trial.

The Privy Council has given the Crown 28 days to present arguments as to whether there should be an order for a new trial.

Livingston appealed to the Privy Council, Jamaica's final court of appeal, on the ground that the prosecution had failed to disclose information vital to the defence during the trial.

However, co-accused Ramone Drysdale, was not as lucky as his application to the Privy Council for special leave to appeal his conviction and sentence was turned down.

Sixty-one-year-old taxi driver Ashley Ricketts of Maxfield Avenue was also convicted in April 2003 along with Livingston and Drysdale.

ADVERTISEMENT

POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

 

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

Do you think an increase in JUTC bus fares is justified at this time?
Yes
No


View Results »


ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT