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St. Andrew businessman's murder conviction quashed; court orders retrial

The Court of Appeal on Friday quashed the July 2016 murder conviction of a St. Andrew businessman and ordered a retrial.

Trevor Taffe was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years to life for decapitating 26-year-old higgler Nicole Heron – the mother of his child.

Ms Heron's body, with multiple stab and chop wounds was found in a septic tank at Taffe's house in Havendale, St. Andrew in May 2012.

Taffe appealed the sentence and arguments in the matter started last week Monday.

His attorney Oswest Senior Smith told Radio Jamaica News that the Court of Appeal ordered that the conviction be quashed and the sentence set aside.

The Appeal Court also ruled that in the interest of justice, there should be a retrial.

A Plea and Case Management hearing has been set in the Home Circuit Court for December 8.

Mr. Senior Smith said he argued the case on the grounds of errors by the trial judge and a prosecution-centred summing up, during the trial.

Attorney Crystal Smalling also appeared for the appellant.