Notable local lawyer Simone Smith-Bean played a key role in getting Devon Hewey’s 2013 murder conviction reversed by the British Privy Council.
TNN’s Trevor Lindsay spoke with Ms. Smith-Bean about the council’s decision.
“ [Mr. Hewey and I] have been working for the past four years on preparing the appeal with counsel in the UK in order to meet this day and to seek this type of judgment with his conviction,” Ms. Smith-Bean said. The Privy Council sent the case back to the Court of Appeal, and it will be up to them to completely quash the conviction or to demand a retrial be done.
“ When matters such as this have been standing for such a long time, the usual course of action may be for them to certify the sentencing and quash the conviction entirely, but in this circumstance, it really is up to the Court of Appeal to make such a decision as to the case’s merit and to determine whether or not this would fit the description of matters that they would do this to,” Ms. Smith-Bean said.
Ms. Smith-Bean sends her regards to the families involved in this case and vows her commitment to bringing this case to an end in as fair and just a way as possible.
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