Commission refers the murder conviction of Kerry Holden to the Court of Appeal

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred the murder conviction of Kerry Holden to the Court of Appeal.

Kerry Holden pleaded not guilty to murder when she stood trial at Nottingham Crown Court for stabbing Luke Moran to death in the early hours of Sunday 21st August 2011 after a party in the Clifton area of the city.

It was the prosecution case that Ms Holden stabbed Mr Moran once in the chest. There were, however, no witnesses to the stabbing and there was no forensic evidence connecting Ms Holden to the attack.

Ms Holden was convicted of murder by a majority verdict on 8th March 2012 and sentenced the same day to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years.

She appealed against her conviction but the appeal was dismissed in June 2013. Later that year she applied to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for a review of her case.

The Commission has decided to refer Ms Holden’s murder conviction to the Court of Appeal because it considers that new evidence relating to an alternative suspect that has emerged since the trial now raises a real possibility the Court will quash the conviction.

Ms Holden was legally represented during her application to the Commission by Jessica Vogel of Carringtons Solicitors, 1 Arkwright Street, Nottingham. NG2 2JR.

This press release was issued by Justin Hawkins, Head of Communication, Criminal Cases Review Commission, on 0121 232 0906 or e-mail

Notes for editors

  1. The Commission is an independent body set up under the Criminal Appeal Act 1995. It is responsible for reviewing suspected and alleged miscarriages of criminal justice in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is based in Birmingham and is funded by the Ministry of Justice.
  2. There are currently 12 Commissioners who bring to the Commission considerable experience from a wide variety of backgrounds. Commissioners are appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister in accordance with the Office for the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice.
  3. The Commission usually receives around 1,500 applications for reviews (convictions and/or sentences) each year.  Typically, around 3.5%, or one in 29, of all applications are referred to the appeal court.
  4. The Commission considers whether, as a result of new evidence or argument, there is a real possibility that the conviction would not be upheld were a reference to be made.  New evidence or argument is argument or evidence which has not been raised during the trial or on appeal.  Applicants should usually have appealed first. A case can be referred in the absence of new evidence or argument or an earlier appeal only if there are “exceptional circumstances”.
  5. If a case is referred, it is then for the appeal court to decide whether the conviction is unsafe or the sentence unfair.