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R v David Bieber (AKA David Coleman)

Wide-scale media coverage of an offence was insufficient to render a conviction unsafe where the case against a defendant was overwhelming.

3 November 2006

The applicant (B) renewed his application for leave to appeal against convictions for murder, two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate. Two police officers (F and G) had asked B to sit in their vehicle while they made background checks on a vehicle he had been sitting in as they believed the tax disc not to be genuine. The checks revealed B’s vehicle to have been stolen. A third officer (P) attended the incident and moved to the nearside door of the police vehicle in order to arrest and handcuff B. Without warning, B produced a handgun and discharged five rounds of ammunition within eight seconds. The first shot hit F in the chest, the second shot hit G in the back, and the third and fourth shots hit G and P as they ran from the scene. F was then shot in the head while lying on the ground. B then proceeded to hijack another ...

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