Chhokar murder: Hearing set over Crown bid for new trial

Surjit Singh Chhokarsource: BBC News
published: 29 August 2014

A date has been set for a hearing in which the Crown will apply for a fresh trial of three men over the murder of an Asian man in North Lanarkshire.

David Montgomery, 37, Ronnie Coulter, 46, and Andrew Coulter, 33, were all cleared of murdering Surjit Singh Chhokar, 32, in Overtown, in 1998.

Prosecutors want to use changes in the law of double jeopardy which opens the way for a possible re-trial. Lord Carloway will begin hearing the case for a re-trial on 10 November [2014].

Father-of-two Mr Chhokar was stabbed in the heart outside the house he shared with his girlfriend Liz Bryce. Car mechanic Ronnie Coulter, his nephew Andrew and their friend Mr Montgomery were charged with the murder.

In 1999, Ronnie Coulter was tried alone and acquitted after he blamed Mr Montgomery and his nephew. He was found guilty of a reduced charge of assault but was not jailed as he had spent time on remand.

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