Craig Jamieson baby killing conviction overturned

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Craig Jamieson has been freed pending a new trial

A man who was jailed for life for murdering his four-month-old daughter at a flat in Glasgow has been freed by appeal judges.

Last year Craig Jamieson was ordered to serve at least 16 years after baby Abbie died in 2008 from severe injuries to her head and abdomen.

Appeal judges overturned the conviction due to the way the judge at his trial gave legal directions to the jury.

Jamieson, 31, was ordered to face trial again and was granted bail.

During his original trial, the court heard how Abbie died in Glasgow's Yorkhill Hospital three years ago.

Bail granted

Jamieson denied he was responsible but a jury found him guilty of inflicting blunt force injury "by means unknown" at his then home in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow.

On Wednesday, the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh heard criticism of the way the judge had given his legal directions to the jury at the end of the trial.

Lord Osborne, sitting with Lord Eassie and Lord Nimmo Smith decided the conviction could not stand - but ordered that Jamieson should face trial again.

After the decision to overturn his conviction, defence QC Ronnie Watson asked for Jamieson to be released on bail to await his new trial.

The appeal judges agreed, ordering Jamieson to stay away from Abbie's mum, Nichola Haddock, 30, and not to try to contact her in any way.

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