Surjit Singh Chhokar murder accused to be retried

Surjit Singh Chhokarsource: The Scotsman
published: 28 November 2014

High Court judges have granted prosecutors permission to retry a man accused of murdering the Lanarkshire waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar in 1998.

At a hearing in Edinburgh yesterday, three judges ruled Ronnie Coulter, 46, can be prosecuted again under double jeopardy legislation.

The court found two others, Andrew Coulter, 33, and David Montgomery, 37, cannot face trial for a second time. All three men were previously cleared of murdering Mr Chhokar, 32, in Overtown, North Lanarkshire.

The ruling followed a ­hearing at the High Court earlier this month before judges Lord Carloway, Lady Dorrian and Lord Malcolm. Under the terms of the legislation, the Crown has until 28 January to commence ­proceedings.

Speaking outside the court yesterday, alongside Mr Chhokar’s sister Manjit Sangha, 53, the family’s solicitor, Aamer Anwar, said: “Today is an important decision but I hope you will appreciate that as proceedings are live, it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”

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