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Members of 'Freshwater Five' lose appeal

Members of 'Freshwater Five' lose appeal (Posted on 25/03/21)

Two members of the Freshwater Five convicted more than a decade ago of attempting to smuggle £53m of cocaine into the UK have lost an appeal against their convictions. Jonathan Beere, 51, and Daniel Payne, 46, who were jailed for 24 and 18 years respectively for conspiracy to import 250kg of cocaine, had presented new evidence to the court said to show it was “simply impossible” for the men to have collected the drugs. But in a judgment handed... Read more...

Shrewsbury 24 Convictions Quashed

Shrewsbury 24 Convictions Quashed (Posted on 23/03/21)

The Court of Appeal has today overturned the convictions of 14 men sentenced for their involvement in pickets in 1972. Trade unionists who picketed during the national builders' strike were charged with offences including unlawful assembly and conspiracy to intimidate. Lawyers for the 'Shrewsbury 24' had argued the destruction of witness statements made their convictions unsafe. Lord Justice Fulford said "what occurred was unfair... Read more...

Miscarriage of Justice Database launched

Miscarriage of Justice Database launched (Posted on 19/03/21)

A database showing miscarriages of justice that have occurred over the past 50 years has been launched as part of a new initiative aimed at using evidence from psychology and data science to improve the legal system. The UKRI-funded Laboratory for Evidence-Based Justice, based at the University of Exeter Law School, is a new research group working at the intersection of cognitive psychology, data science, and law. The group’s focus is on better... Read more...

Inside Justice announces new CEO

Inside Justice announces new CEO (Posted on 11/03/21)

Inside Justice has welcomed a new CEO, Mark Lister.  Mark joins us from Westway Trust, a North Kensington community charity, and brings over 20 years of charity leadership experience spanning UK advocacy, health and care as well as international rights and development. Our Founder, Louise Shorter will now step down from the CEO role but remains firmly on team as an Investigator. Mark said: "It’s an honour to join Louise and the... Read more...

Flawed expert evidence sees murder case referred back to Court of Appeal

Flawed expert evidence sees murder case referred back to Court of Appeal(Posted on 23/02/21)

The Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred the murder conviction of Justin Plummer who was convicted in 1998 back to the Court of Appeal.  On 16 December 1998, following a trial at St Albans Crown Court, Justin Plummer was convicted of the murder of Janice Cartwright-Gilbert. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 16 years, and remains in prison. Following a detailed review, the CCRC has decided to refer Mr Plummer... Read more...

Met Police forensic scientist accused of mishandling evidence

Met Police forensic scientist accused of mishandling evidence(Posted on 19/02/21)

A Met Police forensic scientist has appeared in court accused of mishandling laboratory evidence for nine years.  Ursula Collins from South London, has been charged with eight counts of misconduct in a public office following an investigation by the Met Police. According to a report published by BBC News it is alleged Ms Collins failed to correctly store exhibits and caused "undue delay" to investigations. She did not enter... Read more...

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