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.


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

The man cannot be identified for legal reasons.