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Appeal over 1994 murder conviction

A man who spent two decades locked up for a murder he insists he did not commit finds out today if he has won his fight to have his conviction overturned.

Kevin Lane, now 47 and living in Kent, has challenged the safety of the murder conviction at the Court of Appeal in London.

A decision will be announced by Lady Justice Rafferty, Mr Justice William Davis and the Recorder of Birmingham, Judge Melbourne Inman.

Lane, formerly of Potton, Bedfordshire, who was released from prison in January, was jailed for life for the 1994 murder of a car dealer.

At a recent appeal hearing his QC Joel Bennathan told the judges: "The court will know in the past there have been appeals that have been based on evidence that someone else committed the offence, and appeals based upon police corruption of policemen involved in a particular investigation and prosecution.

"We say this application is unusual in that it has both these elements."

The challenge relates to the murder of Robert Magill, who was approached by two men as he walked his dogs in Hertfordshire in October 1994 and was shot five times with what the court heard was probably a sawn-off shotgun. The men were seen to drive off in a BMW.

At the heart of the proceedings is the conduct of one of the police officers involved in the investigation.

Lane's appeal was contested by the prosecution.

Outside court Lane said he hoped he would finally be able to clear his name.


From Belfast Telegraph