These “technicality” cases are very interesting from a number of points of view.
The only question in my mind is ~ did he commit the crime or not?
Does this ruling lead to true justice being done?
Given the time lapse is he likely to get a fair trial today?
Does the victim get justice?
I am reminded of the local case of James Hanratty Hanged on 4 April 1962, at Bedford prison.
He was convicted of murder and rape in a local beauty spot lay by.
There was a concerted campaign by the press, his family and several authors to get the verdict overturned.
In 2002 the case was referred to a relatively new case review board who, after consideration, referred it to the court of appeal. It was likely given the campaigns and press interest that the conviction would have been over turned.
However the science of dna had since made great strides and the semen sample on the victims underwear was tested against the dna from the exhumed body.
It was found to be a perfect match. The case was thrown out by the court.
The local police had kept all the case papers and forensic evidence in a secure archive, had they not then a true miscarriage of justice would have taken place. The family do not accept to this day his guilt.
Now I do not know if Reed is innocence or guilty but surely no one should be released or convicted without proof beyond a reasonable doubt.