Queensland’s double jeopardy laws charged a man with murder in 2009 after ‘fresh’ evidence

A man acquitted of a 2009 murder could face trial again under Queensland’s amended double jeopardy laws after police “received new and compelling evidence”.

The man was charged with murder by detectives in Logan, south of Brisbane, on Monday.

“Detectives have reopened their investigation after receiving new and compelling evidence in December 2022,” Queensland Police said Monday.

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For legal reasons, the man cannot be identified at this stage of the proceedings.

This means that details of the case cannot be made public either.

It is only the second time since enacted in 2007 that state double jeopardy laws have been amended to allow a person to be tried again after an acquittal based on new and compelling evidence.

Prosecutors will apply to the Queensland Court of Appeals to try the man again, as required by law.

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James Brien

James Brien is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: jamesbrien@24ssports.com.

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