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Bermuda MP’s sex conviction overturned

The conviction of Bermuda MP Trevor Woolridge for sexually assaulting a woman has been overturned on appeal after a judge ruled that the trial magistrate's links with the ruling United Bermuda Party created a risk of bias.According to a report in The Royal Gazette newspaper, Chief Justice Austin Ward told the appeal hearing: "I am satisfied that the conduct of the trial was unfair to the appellant: there was a real possibility of injustice as regards bias."