Acquitted man charged under Qld’s double jeopardy laws

Queensland’s double jeopardy provisions are being used for the first time after a man was charged in relation to a 1987 murder.

Police said in a statement this morning that detectives from the State Crime Command’s Cold Case Investigation Team charged the man in relation to the Brisbane murder today.

“The man’s arrest will now trigger a legal mechanism whereby application will be made to the Court for an acquitted person to be retried for the offence of murder,” Qld Police said.


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It’s the first occasion that double jeopardy provisions have been exercised in Queensland.

The man cannot be identified for legal reasons.

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