“In May 2017 ND was tried for an offence of Murder at Manchester Crown Court, an offence that the Prosecution referred to as a “gangland execution”.
ND was convicted and sentenced to Life imprisonment with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of 30 years before being eligible to apply for release on parole.
Following conviction and sentence ND dispensed with the services of the solicitors who represented him at trial and who had advised him that he had no arguable grounds of appeal.
ND and his family, not convinced by this advice, elected to pay Draycott Browne solicitors privately to conduct a thorough review the of the case with a view to pursuing an appeal against his conviction.
The application for permission to appeal was thoroughly prepared by Robert Mann with the assistance of London based Counsel and was lodged with the Court of Appeal in 2019.
During the preparatory process we were able to uncover a number of serious flaws in the original trial process that we believed might render the conviction unsafe.
We are pleased to report that the Single Judge, having considered our detailed application, agreed with our analysis of the trial process and has granted us permission to appeal against the conviction. The full hearing is listed later this year.
A further update to be provided following the hearing.”