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Man jailed for having gun at party given leave to appeal

 Published on: 19th February 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man jailed for having a gun at a rap party has won the first stage of an Appeal Court bid to clear his name.

Sharriff Dacres, 23, was tried and cleared of attempted murder after a 28-year-old man was shot in the shoulder outside High Elms Manor, near Abbots Langley, in June 2016.

Witnesses reported a group of men becoming “rowdy” outside the venue, which was hosting a rap party with an “all white” dress code, before shots were fired.

Dacres, of Tower Cottrells, Hemel Hempstead, was acquitted of the attempted murder charge he faced.

But jurors found him guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm and he was jailed for seven years at Harrow Crown Court last year.

Three senior judges at London’s Criminal Appeal Court last month heard his lawyers argue that his conviction was “unsafe” and should be overturned.

Michael Bromley-Martin QC, for Dacres, criticised the identification procedure which led to the finger being pointed at Dacres.

He said Dacres was wearing white jeans, whereas the suspect police were looking for was wearing dark trousers.

The barrister said images of those on the parade were converted to black and white and their chins were cropped from the pictures.

Mr Bromley-Martin also complained about the way the trial judge summed up the evidence to the jury.

Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mr Justice Nicol and Judge Richard Marks QC, granted Dacres permission to appeal.

No date was set for the full hearing of the conviction challenge.

 

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