The Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred the conviction of Terence Laverty to the County Court in Belfast.
Mr Laverty appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court in September 1971 charged with Riotous Behaviour contrary to section 9 Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (NI) 1968. He pleaded not guilty but was convicted and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. Mr Laverty appealed but his conviction was upheld at the rehearing. He applied to the Commission for a review of his conviction in 2009.
Following a lengthy and detailed investigation, the Commission has decided to refer this conviction to the County Court. The referral is based on new evidence that the sole evidence upon which Mr Laverty’s conviction rests has been retracted by the witness and that as a result there is a real possibility that the Court will set aside Mr Laverty’s conviction and find him not guilty on a rehearing.