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Man convicted for home invasion has sentence overturned

A MAN who was convicted for his part in a home invasion at Lowood has had his sentence overturned after the state's highest court found a miscarriage of justice had occurred.

Robert John Reynolds pleaded not guilty in the Ipswich District Court to the charges, but was found guilty on March 20 after a two-day trial.

The court heard Reynolds had driven to a caravan at Lowood on June 8, 2012, where his co-accused entered the property with a metal bar and demanded money and pills from the woman inside.

Central to the Crown's case was they had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Reynolds knew what his co-accused was about to do and aided him in by agreeing to drive him to the Lowood address.

However, counsel for Reynolds argued in the Queensland Court of Appeal that the conviction was "unsafe and unsatisfactory" because the evidence used to convict him was based solely on evidence his co-accused provided and the trial judge erred in not giving the jury proper directions.

The Court of Appeal agreed when handing down its judgment on Tuesday.

However, Justice Philip Morrison did not agree with the conclusions his two colleagues made.

"I am not satisfied that this is a case where the conviction is unsafe and unsatisfactory," he said.

"In my view, on the whole of the evidence, it was open for the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that (Reynolds), contrary to the version he gave in his police interview, was aware beforehand of what (the co-accused) intended to do at the caravan."

Topics:  home invasion, ipswich district court, lowood



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