Vasyli appeal closer to being heard
A bid by the wife of an Australian multi-millionaire to quash a retrial order for his murder could be heard soon, as the country’s highest court granted her permission to appeal last month.
Donna Vasyli’s murder conviction and 20-year sentence for the 2015 stabbing murder of her podiatrist husband, Philip, at their mansion in Old Fort Bay, were overturned on appeal in July 2017 and a retrial was ordered.
A week later, Vasyli was freed on $250,000 bail and required to wear an ankle monitor.
The Court of Appeal gave Vasyli conditional leave to challenge the order for a retrial to the country’s highest court in November 2017.
Justice Bernard Turner ordered the tracking device to be removed in May 2018, but Vasyli is still required to report to the Airport Police Station daily before 6 p.m.
The Privy Council’s board granted Vasyli leave to appeal the retrial on June 12, but dismissed a petition for a cross-appeal by the Crown.
The outcome of hearing for permission to appeal posted on the Privy Council’s website stated, “The appeal should be allowed to proceed since, on the material provided, the case does not fall within the strict criteria for setting leave aside. Permission to cross-appeal should be refused because the grounds for cross-appealing have not been made out.”