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.