Secretary could again face court in Playfair murder
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.