Thanks for the quick response Jo, and yes it is as you suggested the jury sided with their version of events.
Can you clarify 2 points for me please.
1. "Rendering the conviction unsafe" is an unusual way of phrasing it. Do you mean simply that the conviction is wrong, or could you elaborate a little on the meaning.
2. Fresh evidence. The difficulty we have is the case is from 30+ years ago so there is no evidence as such that we can think of. Is there any types of evidence that are usually useful in old cases such as these?
I appreciate you won't want to go into lots of detail, but at a high level the prosecutions case made several mentions of a family member who was unwilling to appear in court (but had the opportunity to do so). If this family member changed their minds and would testify to his innocence, is that grounds for appeal? Our barrister advised it wasn't, because they had the original chance to give evidence and chose not to.
If you can respond to these points I'm happy to close and give a positive response.