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Man jailed for 30 years wins appeal in SA

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016

A man jailed for 30 years for a string of violent home invasions in Adelaide, including one where a man was shot in the chest, has won a retrial on the bulk of his offending.

Kym Bradley Forrest, 32, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and robbery charges but went to trial on eight other offences including one of attempted murder in relation to the incidents in Adelaide in 2013.

The South Australian Court of Criminal Appeal on Thursday ruled that his convictions represented a miscarriage of justice and that the prosecution had not properly disclosed information related to the credibility of a key witness.

At his trial it was alleged that on June 8, 2013 Forrest and two other men forced their way into a home at suburban Ottoway before violently assaulting a man.

The same morning the men allegedly robbed another home at Valley View, pointing a gun at the owner before stealing jewellery and cash.

Three days later, Forrest and two men entered a home at Woodville Gardens, where a man was shot in the chest in front of a group of children.

After his convictions Forrest was jailed for 30 years with a non-parole-period of 16 years.

In his reasons for overturning the convictions, Chief Justice Chris Kourakis criticised the prosecution's decision not to disclose the criminal history of a key witness which he said could have raised doubts about the man's credibility with the jury.

"Moreover it does not lie comfortably in the mouth of the prosecuting authority to contend that the withholding of the material was of no consequence," Justice Kourakis said.

"The reasoning of the jury is inscrutable. Many factors, individually or in combination may leave a jury in doubt about a witness's testimony."

Forrest will face a retrial on a date to be fixed.

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