Brian Harrison sentenced for the murder of Neville Dunn

07/03/2012

Cornish fisherman Brian Leslie Harrison was today sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 16 years at Truro Crown Court for the murder of Neville Dunn. From this tariff will be deducted the four years and 67 days Harrison has spent in custody since his arrest on 1 January 2008.

CPS Crown Advocate, Julian Herbert said: "This new prosecution would not have been possible before the 'year and a day rule' was abolished by the Law Reform Act in 1996. This old rule stated that a death was not murder if it occurred more than a year and a day after the act alleged to have caused it. The new law permits a further trial so that, if convicted, sentencing can reflect what happened and the part the defendant played.

"We worked closely with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary to bring this case to trial and it is testament to the hard work of the entire prosecution team that the jury delivered a guilty verdict yesterday. Today's sentencing brings to an end a long and tragic case and I hope it brings some comfort to Mr Dunn's family."

Notes to editors:

  • Section 2(4) of the Law Reform (Year and a Day Rule) Act 1996 requires that before further proceedings (such as a prosecution for murder) may be taken against a person who has previously been convicted of an offence in circumstances alleged to be connected with the death, the consent of the Attorney General must be obtained.
  • The consent of Her Majesty's Attorney General to the bringing of a charge of murder in this case was obtained on 8 January 2011.
  • The defendant was produced from HMP Dartmoor on 16 March 2011 to Truro Magistrates Court, where he was charged with murder. He subsequently appeared before Truro Crown Court where he was convicted on 6 March 2012.