Shotgun killer Jewell launches appeal over conviction

Shotgun killer Jewell launches appeal over conviction

Shot dead: Anthony Prickett

Convicted killer: Darren Jewell

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A MAN who was jailed for life after shooting dead a work colleague has launched a challenge to his conviction at the Court of Appeal.

Darren Jewell, 37, of John Street, Brightlingsea, gunned down 42-year-old roofer, Anthony Prickett, in St Osyth, in May 2011.

Jewell denied murder, but was convicted and jailed for life at Chelmsford Crown Court in January last year.

He is now appealing against the conviction in a Court of Appeal test case, revolving around the way trial judges should deal with a new "loss of control" defence to murder.

Jewell's appeal is being heard by the country's top judge, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, alongside four similar cases and is expected to continue for much of the week.

But today, the court heard that a deterioration in Jewell's mental health, resulting in him being moved to a secure psychiatric unit, could complicate his case.

Jewell's main grounds of appeal relate to the way the trial judge handled his claim of "loss of control", a murder defence which replaced the old one of provocation.

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7:15pm Tue 5 Feb 13

ann wilson says...

If it was life for a life he would not have the chance to appeal. They say they get life the only people getting life is the families and friends who suffer. I know what life is after losing my son to murder. This will not help anyone the family will still be grieving too.To bring this all up again is ludicrous. The families go through hell, let him rot in it like all the other murderers No one has a right to take someones life. Should lose all their rights in prison.The victims don't have any.
If it was life for a life he would not have the chance to appeal. They say they get life the only people getting life is the families and friends who suffer. I know what life is after losing my son to murder. This will not help anyone the family will still be grieving too.To bring this all up again is ludicrous. The families go through hell, let him rot in it like all the other murderers No one has a right to take someones life. Should lose all their rights in prison.The victims don't have any. ann wilson
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3:38pm Sat 9 Feb 13

kganderton says...

Have the poor family of Anthony Prickett not suffered enough, instead of trying to come to terms with this horrific ordeal they are yet again faced with his Murderer dominating their lives. The British Law seems to favour the human rights of these twisted evil people and leave little consideration of the mental health and well-being of the family that are left to pick up the pieces. They have to live a life long sentence and can never start to rebuild their lives when our system allows appeals to continue to take place. There was enough evidence and Mental Health reports done in the first place to be able to come to a guilty decision, how nearly two years on can his mental state be questioned? If he was sane enough to hold a gun at point blank range and shot Anthony more than once, he is sane enough to rot in his prison cell.
Have the poor family of Anthony Prickett not suffered enough, instead of trying to come to terms with this horrific ordeal they are yet again faced with his Murderer dominating their lives. The British Law seems to favour the human rights of these twisted evil people and leave little consideration of the mental health and well-being of the family that are left to pick up the pieces. They have to live a life long sentence and can never start to rebuild their lives when our system allows appeals to continue to take place. There was enough evidence and Mental Health reports done in the first place to be able to come to a guilty decision, how nearly two years on can his mental state be questioned? If he was sane enough to hold a gun at point blank range and shot Anthony more than once, he is sane enough to rot in his prison cell. kganderton
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