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News Round-Up Week Ending 11.12.15

(Posted on 11/12/15)


‘Cardiff Newsagent Three’ Report: No Perjury.

Newsagent Phillip Saunders was murdered in 1987. Innocent men, the Cardiff Newsagent Three, spent eleven years in jail, but the long-awaited South Wales Police report into the case says there is insufficient evidence to charge any of the original trial witnesses with perjury, Wales Online reports this week.

Michael O’Brien, Darren Hall and Ellis Sherwood had their convictions quashed in 2000 after doubt was cast on the truth of the testimony of Stuart Lewis. DI Lewis had claimed to have overheard a shouted confession from O’Brien and Sherwood in Canton Police Station cells.

“I remain disappointed that Stuart Lewis was not charged, but believe overall that this is a fair report,” commented Michael O’Brien. “A lot of positive changes have been made by the police so that what happened in our case should never happen again. I now want to put what happened behind me and move on in my life. Obviously I would like to see whoever was responsible for the murder of Phillip Saunders brought to justice.”

 â€œAs a result of forensic advances, South Wales Police recently decided to revisit the murder of Phillip Saunders, to look in particular at whether DNA or other new opportunities exist,” Detective Chief Superintendent Lorraine Davies said. “Since the murder of Phillip Saunders 28 years ago, a number of investigations have taken place but despite this we still believe there could be someone who has vital information.”

picture: Michael O'Brien today