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      Tuesday 09, December 2014

      Former gang member wins murder appeal


      A MAN who was convicted for the murder of a teenager has had his conviction thrown out at the Court of Appeal.


      Ex-gang member Dwaine George spent 12 years in prison for the killing of Daniel Dale in Harpurhey, Manchester in 2001.


      Sir Brian Leveson, presiding over the appeal, said today that his conviction was ‘no longer safe.’


      The appeal hearing was called after new scientific evidence came to light relating to gunshot residue, which had initially being used by the prosecution to convict George.


      The case was prepared by law students at Cardiff University using its Innocence Project which was set up to consider miscarriages of justice in criminal cases.


      The Innocence Project was set up in 2005 as a way to help students cover real-life legal scenarios. Working under the provision of practising solicitors and barristers, they shape the defence for long-term prisoners who maintain their innocence, as George has always done.


      They have submitted over six cases to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in total.


      George, 30, was initially released in 2013 on a life licence.

      By Joshua Tindall