News Round-Up Week Ending 30.1.15
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Jury Foreman: ‘Serial Killer’ is Innocent.
Paul Moffitt, foreman of the 2008 jury that found Colin Norris guilty of the murder of four elderly women, has come forward to ask that the conviction be overturned.
“I’d like to see Colin Norris freed. If this case was presented with this new evidence today, I don’t even know how it could possibly get to court in the first place,” Mr Moffitt said after seeing the BBC Panorama investigation made together with Inside Justice. “The evidence shows that a murder wasn’t committed at all, never mind four or one attempted murder.”
Mr Moffitt is the second juror to express concerns about the verdict. Jurors are discouraged from identifying themselves and talking to the media after a trial, but not forbidden from doing so, unless they disclose ‘statements made, opinions expressed, arguments advanced or votes cast by members of a jury’.
MoJ Loses Inquest Details in the Post
Two discs containing highly sensitive information concerning the fatal police shootings of Mark Duggan in 2011 and Azelle Rodney in 2005, as well the beating to death of Robert Hamill in Northern Ireland in 1997, have gone 'missing in the post'.
The Ministry of Justice has admitted the discs disappeared three weeks ago. A member of staff has since been suspended.
Justice Minister: Halve Number of Women in Prison
The Justice Minister has said half the women incarcerated in British jails shouldn’t be there at all.
MoJ Bids for Saudi Prison Contract
The Ministry of Justice is planning to sell its expertise to Saudi Arabia through Just Solutions international (JSi), a new commercial arm.
“Amnesty has serious concerns about Saudi Arabia’s justice system, given its use of the death penalty, the prevalence of torture in detention, and its use of cruel and degrading punishment,” said Allan Hogarth, Amnesty’s UK head of policy and government affairs. “So we need to know – how is the MoJ’s scheme going to help improve the situation?”
A system that recreates crime scenes as 3D virtual worlds has been developed in Switzerland, combining forensic room scans, CCTV footage and autopsy data, which can be displayed and explored using an immersive headset, such as Facebook’s Oculus Rift.