DPP says no retrial for secretary in Playfair murder
Jerome Reynolds and Barbara Gayle, Gleaner Reporters
Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Paula Llewellyn has decided not to re-try legal secretary Annette Livingston in relation to the murder case of prominent Kingston attorney-at-law Shirley Playfair.
Last month the United Kingdom-based Privy Council set aside Livingston’s 2003 conviction and sentence.
In handing down its ruling on October 22, the Privy Council gave the Crown 28 days to decide whether there should be an order for a new trial.
It was argued before the Privy Council that some material irregularity took place at the trial in the Home Circuit Court because the prosecution failed to disclose vital information to the defence.
DPP Llewellyn has confirmed to our news centre that she will not be bringing a new indictment against Livingston.
Livingston, of Buff Bay, Portland and Ramone Drysdale were convicted in April 2003 along with 61-year-old taxi driver Ashley Ricketts, also of Maxfield Avenue.
They appealed against their convictions and sentences and were successful in having their prison terms significantly reduced.
The Court of Appeal set aside the murder conviction for Ricketts, substituting it with a manslaughter conviction and sentenced him to 20 years' imprisonment.
Livingston and Drysdale were each sentenced to life imprisonment but the Court of Appeal ordered that they should serve 35 years before parole.
Justice Kay Beckford, who presided at the trial in the Home Circuit Court, had sentenced them in 2003 to life imprisonment and recommended that Livingston should serve 60 years before she was eligible for parole.
Last week, Livingston's attorney, Frank Phipps said his client would not apply for bail from prison but was awaiting the outcome of the DPP's decision.
According to Phipps, the woman said she had no where to go.
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