Time Served: 25 Years
Date of conviction: October 1977
Date of appeal: 13/11/2002
Date of release: 13/11/2002
Robert Brown was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Annie Walsh in 1977. From the outset the investigation into Robert was corrupt. Robert was intimidated, beaten and threatened into signing a confession which he rightfully recanted at a later date, however by that stage the dye was cast. Furthermore, Police withheld evidence from Robert’s defence, fabricated statements and bullied their way into achieving their desired result. Robert spent 25 years in prison before being released following appeal that established the deeply flawed nature of the Police investigation and as testament to the spirit of the man Robert stated that he would have served ‘another 25 years’ if it meant proving his innocence. Robert’s case highlights once more the determined heartlessness that elements within the Police are capable of when they decide, without evidence, that an individual is guilty.
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