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Jun 22, 2005

New trial for pair who stabbed cop

Two brothers convicted of chopping and stabbing a police officer have had their convictions overturned on appeal. In April 2002, Herson and Ervin Guerra of San Estevan Village in the Orange Walk District were arrested after they burst into the village police station and attacked P.C. Reynaldo Bruhier. They went to trial in November of 2004, were convicted of grievous harm and use of deadly means of harm, and each sentenced to a total of eight years in jail by Justice Simeon Sampson. On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction, set the sentences aside and ordered a new trial. The successful appeal was based on irregularities in the trial including lack of proper instructions to the jury.

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