Dis­may as con­vic­tion over­turned in killing of ma­rine

Sunday Tribune - - METRO - Satur­day In­de­pen­dent on

ON HEAR­ING the news that the man she be­lieved was re­spon­si­ble for the death of her fi­ancé, for­mer British ma­rine Brett Wil­liams, had had his con­vic­tion over­turned, Louise Scott said she was not sur­prised.

In the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court on Fri­day, Blayne Shep­ard won his ap­peal to over­turn his con­vic­tion and sen­tenc­ing for cul­pa­ble homi­cide for the death of Wil­liams in March 2013. In­stead, he was con­victed of as­sault with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm and was sen­tenced to two years’ house ar­rest.

Shep­ard, his friends and brother, had been in­volved in a fight with Wil­liams out­side the Kings Park Rugby Sta­dium.

“Af­ter he (Blayne) got leave to ap­peal, I had lost faith in the sys­tem.”

“It up­sets me be­cause no value seems to have been placed on Brett’s life. He’s here, buried near to our home, and I have got on with rais­ing Lailah,” said Scott, speak­ing of their daugh­ter, now aged 9.

Judge Kate Pil­lay said in­car­cer­a­tion would serve no pur­pose, and rec­om­mended Shep­ard be placed un­der two years’ house ar­rest. |

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