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Australia Jason Roberts granted leave to appeal convictions for murdering Gary Silk and Rodney Miller

06:45  25 march  2020
06:45  25 march  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Jason Roberts is serving a life sentence for the 1998 murders of Gary Silk and Rodney Miller , who were shot Roberts was later jailed for a minimum 35 years. Debs, who also has convictions for the murders of two If the Court of Appeal rules in Roberts ' favour and grants him leave to appeal , he

Silk - Miller murders : What next for Victoria’s most divisive conviction ? A DYING victim’s final words Miller and his partner, Sergeant Gary Silk , were in Moorabin, in Victoria’s southeast, on August 16 But Miller might never have said it and Roberts might never have been there. Why is it important now?

a man looking at the camera: Jason Roberts was found guilty in 2002 of murdering the two police officers. © AAP: Julian Smith Jason Roberts was found guilty in 2002 of murdering the two police officers.

Convicted murderer Jason Roberts will be able to argue to overturn his jailing over the 1998 shooting of two police officers after the Court of Appeal accepted his legal challenge.

In a brief hearing today, the three justices unanimously granted leave for him to appeal.

In 2002, he was sentenced to life in prison, with a non-parole period of 35 years, for the murders of Sergeant Gary Silk and Senior Constable Rodney Miller in Moorabbin in 1998.

Another man, Bandali Debs, is also in prison over the murders.

Roberts's lawyers seized on evidence revealed in Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission hearings last year that investigating officers had altered documents to say there were two killers.

His lawyers will now be able to argue there has been a miscarriage of justice.

It is not clear when the hearing will happen because court operations are being affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pell High Court decision due next week .
Australia's Highest Court will hand down their decision on disgraced Cardinal George Pell's appeal bid next Tuesday.The High Court will hand down its judgment in his case on Tuesday.

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