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Ex-police officer's 2004 murder conviction overturned

(Posted on 22/12/21)


A former police officer who spent more than 17 years in prison after being convicted of killing his pregnant partner has been freed after being found not guilty at a retrial.

Gary Walker, now 57, was sentenced to life imprisonment in October 2004 for murdering Audra Bancroft at their home near Burton upon Trent. After a retrial at Warwick crown court, Mr Justice Holgate QC agreed with a submission by Walker’s barrister, David Emanuel QC, that there was no case to answer.

The retrial heard evidence that Bancroft, 36, died as a result of a paramedic moving her from the recovery position on to her back and propping her head up, where she stayed for five hours, leading to positional asphyxia.

According to media reports at the end of the prosecution case, Mr Justice Holgate agreed with a submission by Mr Walker's barrister there was no case to answer.

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