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Wrongly Convicted Man Receives £2.5m Compensation

Wrongly Convicted Man Receives £2.5m Compensation(Posted on 10/02/21)

A Polish man who served 18 years for a rape and murder he did not commit has been awarded 12.8m zloty (£2.5m) in compensation by a court.  Tomasz Komenda had been sentenced to 25 years in jail in 2004 for the rape and murder of Malgorzata Kwiatkowska. The 15-year-old’s body was found frozen outside a club after a New Year’s Eve party in 1996 in the village of Miloszyce near the city of Wroclaw. In March 2018 he had cried tears of relief... Read more...

UK Actor Ricky Tomlinson Tries to Overturn Conviction

UK Actor Ricky Tomlinson Tries to Overturn Conviction(Posted on 04/02/21)

A group of 14 trade unionists including actor Ricky Tomlinson are attempting to have their convictions overturned at the Court of Appeal this week.  The group say police destroyed evidence, and claim security chiefs prejudiced their trial. The men were convicted over allegedly illegal protests during a 1972 strike. Six of the 14 have since died but their families have continued the cases in their names. Tomlinson was jailed for two... Read more...

Video: Don't Know What You've Got ('til it's gone): The Problems with Retaining Evidence

(Posted on 28/01/21)

This seminar took place on Wednesday 20th January 2021 and was organised by Northumbria University. Speakers include Damian Allain, the Head of Casework at Inside Justice, a former New Scotland Yard senior detective, and Professor Carole McCartney, Northumbria University. They both provided an in-depth discussion on evidence retention. The talk detailed the Evidence Retention Project undertaken by Inside Justice, which has interrogated... Read more...

Simon Jenkins Comment: It's time to reform archaic court process

Simon Jenkins Comment: It's time to reform archaic court process(Posted on 22/01/21)

In his column for the Guardian newspaper today, Simon Jenkins argues that due to the pandemic, the courts should take the opportunity to introduce major reforms.  In the paper he writes that jury trials are archaic, and should be abandoned other than in exceptional cases. In addition, the restrictive job demarcation between solicitors and barristers should end. All qualified lawyers should have rights of audience before any judge or panel... Read more...

Success for Inside Justice: Murder Conviction Quashed

Success for Inside Justice: Murder Conviction Quashed (Posted on 20/01/21)

The following message is from Louise Shorter, CEO of Inside Justice on the news we received today that a client has had their murder conviction quashed.  "I am so thrilled to report that the Court of Appeal today quashed Patryk Pachecka's murder conviction and the CPS has ordered a retrial. Siobhan Grey QC and solicitor Jason Larty worked tirelessly, pro bono, the result is testament to their determination and hard work.... Read more...

Concern as more than 200,000 police records deleted

Concern as more than 200,000 police records deleted (Posted on 17/01/21)

The National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) has confirmed that approximately 213,000 records have been mistakenly deleted, leading to major problems for police officers investigating crimes across the UK.  According to a report in the BBC, data including fingerprint, DNA, and arrest histories was wiped from the Police National Computer (PNC) - which stores and shares criminal records information across the UK - after being inadvertently flagged... Read more...

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