A man has been found guilty of murdering a woman and attempting to kill her elderly aunt in a stabbing frenzy more than 30 years after he was acquitted of the crimes.
Rickie Tregaskis, 53, was originally acquitted by a jury in 1991 of killing Barbra Griffin, 59, and attempting to kill Emma Anton, then 85, at Mrs Griffin’s home in St Helier, Jersey.
But Tregaskis, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, is now facing life in prison for his crimes after being convicted on Friday following a change in the law in Jersey that allowed him to be re-tried.
This is a landmark case in Jersey, where legislation in respect of ‘double jeopardy’ was not aligned with the rest of the UK until 2019.
Around 20 double jeopardy prosecutions have taken place in the UK since its change of the law in 2003.
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