Hilda Owen murder conviction overturned at Appeal Court

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TOP judges have ordered a re-trial after quashing the conviction of a civil servant jailed for life for the murder of Skegby pensioner Hilda Owen.

Peter Smith was locked up in December 2008 after a jury at Nottingham Crown Court found him guilty of killing the 71-year-old, who was bludgeoned to death at her home.

Prosecutors said Smith murdered Hilda in March 2007 in a bid to inherit her home and pay off his debts.

The 46-year-old always denied the murder, and yesterday judges at London’s Appeal Court ruled the original verdict ‘unsafe’ after listening to fresh expert evidence on a fingerprint discovered at the scene.

No date has yet been set for the re-trial.

See Wednesday’s Chad for more on this story.