BBC Two series follows the work of criminal and forensic experts in Conviction: Murder at the Station
By Raw TV on 16/09/16Share:
Over the next two weeks BBC Two will air Conviction: Murder at the Station, following Louise Shorter and a team of experts as they investigate whether evidence exists that could challenge the conviction of a man in prison for a murder he denies.
Every year, over 500 people in the UK are convicted of murder. A guilty verdict can only be challenged if new evidence comes to light – and less than 1% of cases are ever overturned.
In this series we meet Louise as she investigates a case, looking for evidence that could present grounds to bring an appeal - and ultimately overturn the conviction of a Southampton man in prison for the murder of his secret lover.
On 17th October 2008, Paula Poolton went missing; her body was found 11 days later in the boot of her car parked outside the local railway station. During the police enquiries, it was revealed that Paula and a man named Roger Kearney had been having an affair. Their relationship soon became the focus of police investigations.
On the night in question, Kearney says he ate dinner at home and watched television with his partner before driving to his night shift at the post office. Although no forensic evidence was found linking Kearney to the car where Paula’s body was discovered, in 2010 he was charged and later convicted of the murder.
By maintaining his innocence, Kearney remains ineligible for parole. After reviewing the details of the trial, Louise agrees to investigate the case.
The Search for New Evidence
Across two hour-long episodes, cameras follow as Louise works diligently to explore every avenue of the case. Tracing the many stages of her research and investigation, Conviction: Murder at the Station sets out to reveal what is really involved in the process of presenting a claim to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in the hope of getting that exceptionally rare referral to the Court of Appeal.
In the search for new leads, Louise revisits the crime scene with criminal lawyer Correna, and explores whether anything could have been missed from the CCTV footage - a key part of the prosecution’s winning case. And, invoking the expertise of blood pattern analysis expert Jo, the women set out to pull together as much new information as they can find. With the passage of time since the murder and Kearney’s conviction, the panel of experts gather to discuss whether any new forensics tests now exist, some 8 years later, that could offer new routes for Inside Justice to explore.
Clare Sillery, Acting Head of Commissioning, BBC Documentaries, said: “What’s exciting about this series is how Raw TV has been able to offer BBC Two audiences more than a simple retelling of a true crime story. In gaining access to the work of Inside Justice, cameras capture the painstaking work that goes into these cases. With the bar for such referrals being set phenomenally high, viewers will get a sense of just what it takes look for evidence which could potentially overturn a murder conviction.”
Richard Bond, Head of UK Factual at Raw TV said: “We knew we had unique access to a fascinating world but we never expected this investigation to evolve into a compelling real life thriller, where the twists and turns of the case would take Louise (and the viewer) on such an incredible emotional rollercoaster towards an unexpectedly devastating conclusion.”