New twist in Luke Mitchell appeal bid

The legal team representing convicted killer Luke Mitchell is to launch another bid for his freedom – following a landmark decision by the The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).

QC Maggie Scott has confirmed that Mitchell is working on an application to the SCCRC – an official body set up to investigate possible miscarriages of justice.

Mitchell has renewed hopes of benefiting from the so-called “Cadder ruling” by the UK Supreme Court which outlaws the use of evidence obtained by police interviewing a suspect without a lawyer.

Suspects in Scotland could previously be questioned for six hours without a lawyer but the judges ruled this violated an individual’s right to a fair trial.

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