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Judgment handed down in Gant and Siddique v The Queen

09 May 2017

After a five week trial, the applicants, Peter Stanley Gant and Mohamed Aman Siddique, were each convicted on two charges of obtaining a financial advantage by deception and one charge of attempting to obtain a financial advantage by deception. Gant was sentenced to a total of 5 years’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of 2 years and 6 months. Siddique was sentenced to a total of 3 years’ imprisonment, of which all but 10 months was suspended. Each sought leave to appeal on the ground that the verdict of the jury was unreasonable or could not be supported having regard to the evidence.

Late in the afternoon of the day before the hearing of the applications, the Director of Public Prosecutions informed the Court, with conspicuous fairness, that he would concede the ground of each appeal. The Court of Appeal accepted that concession, quashed the convictions and ordered that verdicts of acquittal be entered for each applicant.

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Read the Statement of the Court of Appeal

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