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Craigavon Two: Latest
The date for the appeal for the Craigavon Two has now been set for 7th October. You can find details about the case here: www.justiceforthecraigavontwo.com/
Paul has written a very raw piece about his experience.
How long, how many long, long nights had I waited for that knock on the door!
The memory of footsteps echoing the landings, the rattle of keys & the crashing open of the door as the pack of hounds rushed you. Was it a ghosting? was it a beating? Would they get too excited & drunk on their absolute power & go too far? Though “Positional asphyxiation” seems to be the favoured weapon of abuse & murder by the authorities these days???
The walls closed in & the bright morning sunshine turned dark Gray & claustrophobic. The terror of a trapped animal gripped me & finally fear overcomes logic & i flee for my life! The chase is on! Nowhere else to run so I take to the rooftops, from one to another, as the hounds from hell, the dogs from Animal Farm bay their glee as the sight their prey & the blood lust rises. They can taste the kill on the wind!
The body shakes & breath rasps harshly, no food for weeks & no sleep have taken their toll, left me starving & broken as you live the high life on blood money before you led the dogs to my door!
My Innocence is stripped away in an administrative nightmare. Whether by accident or design? They will have their revenge, they will have my blood. For the loss of my innocence is their salvation, their rehabilitation!
I have no fear of the dogs, they are what they are, as i am, as you are! I don’t fear death but life! I don’t fear being alone but the company of those who believe they are free, those who reviled me & now absolve themselves. The sheep that bleat whatever you tell them as long as it assuages their own guilt! The Jeremy Kyle generation that would murder a Peadiatrician in a spelling mistake!
Step forward now those of you who did not condemn me, step forward now those of you who did not revile me & set your hearts & minds against me, step forward now those of you who would not have seen me hang as a monster! Not one of you!
The body gives out, what once was my armour is now a dead weight, wasted away & exhausted! Flight is my only salvation for i know already what awaits me in the cells in the dead of night! I jump from the rooftops & into the river as the dogs circle below, brave in their numbers, pack mentality taking over from their natural cowardice! The cold water hits me like a train but i cant stop running from certainty into uncertainty, its my only chance, sheer terror drives me on! The shock of the cold forces all breath from my body, gasping & gulping air to feed muscles screaming for oxygen & fuel, there is none!
The dogs pace the far bank, arms folded & impatient you watch but this kill will not be yours & I laugh at you, a freak in a natural world. I will not hear again the heavy sexually excited breathing as you & your pack crash the cell & exult over a body of flesh at your feet as you rain fist & boot & baton down! In all your glory! A body of flesh but not a soul & I smile inwardly again at your powerlessness to posses that & I pity you!
Like a fish laid on the dockside drowning in air it flaps about weaker & weaker, the body gives out, there is nothing left, every last drop of strength is gone! The mind slows from its blind racing panic, arms & legs become dead weights that can no longer support you. Head & neck straining to keep that last tiny part of you above water & in life, choking & gasping for breath! The dogs stand & watch as you go under. All hope is gone!
I went under, sounds disappear as you enter Afanc’s world & there is a moment of absolute stillness & calm. This is how I die! You cant help reaching up towards the light, some primitive instinct that still desperately screaming for survival. The light blinks off & there is total darkness, there is no fear, no pain, no panic, only the blackness from which nothing escapes.
It is done!
There is no heaven & there is no hell I can tell you!
Maybe the handprint I still have on my shoulder is where random passing canoeist felt about under water & managed to grab the body as it floated past, maybe its where the devil pulled me under? The dogs dragged me almost lifeless down the dock to the ambulance, telling me if i ran for it they would Tazer me. “The Hills Have Eyes” (70’s version) extra in uniform sniggered at his own joke to discharge a firearm at me! Well who else would!!!
Its all been a bad mistake they said, somebody forgot to change the record from Guilty to Innocent they said! Yet you came to the cell in dead of night & spit your bile in my naked face, just like dogs do, its their nature & choice! Treating me as a nonce, thinking i would scuttle away to hide under my rock! Now you hide behind the others casting fearful & furtive glances at me when you think I’m not looking because you cant understand how i could survive 25 years brutality & still stand before you as a man! I lived death in all its non-glory & face you with bright blue eyes full of life & love & laughter. Only a brief darting shadow clouds them, the darkness in my soul you created with your evil deeds.
You should reap what you sow & i can see in your eyes you do, you live in fear, ostracised from our society by your own hand! I don’t need revenge, your soul is as black & rotting with fear & hate as the uniform you wear, i would leave you to your fate but i cant! I cant help but feel compassion for your next victim & the next & for you who would create them.
So chain me if you will! A fresh prosecutor, an organ of state sent to crush rebellion is a fresh approach & lets carry on as before, above & beyond all laws of man or nature! “But I am the spark that becomes the flame, i am the raindrop out at sea that becomes the crashing waves” So put on your robes of authority “Oppenheimer” but you will never be more than the black cap you once wore. I will face you across the courtroom once again with complete irreverence, never silent & after my death what more can you do to me!
Innocent hostage of the English government 1978-2003
Read more about Paul’s case:
Paddy Hill: Irish News Article on the Craigavon Two
One of the Birmingham Six has voiced concern about the convictions of two men for the murder of PSNI officer Stephen Carroll.
Paddy Hill last night questioned evidence used in the case of Co Armagh men Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton for the 2009 killing.
Mr Hill served 16 years in English jails after being wrongfully convicted of taking part in the simultaneous bombing of two pubs in Birmingham city center in 1974.
The Provisional IRA was blamed for the attacks which killed 21 people.
Mr Hill (67) and 5 other men were finally released from prison in 1991 and since then he has campaigned on behalf of people he believes are also victims of miscarriages of justice.
In May last year Lurgan man McConville (41) was jailed for a minimum of 25 years for Constable Carroll’s murder.
Wootton (21), from Craigavon, was told he will have to serve a mimimum of 14 years.
Both men denied any involvement in the Continuity IRA sniper attack as Mr Carroll answered an emergency call in Craigavon.
The pair will begin an appeal later this month in a bid to overturn their convictions.
Mr Hill said last night that he intends to travel from his home in Scotland, where he runs the Miscarriage of Justice Organisation (MOJO) to attend the case in Belfast.
“We don’t just jump into bed with anyone because they say they are innocent.” he said.
“The evidence in this case is very flimsy and very dodgy and i see this happening all the time.”
Mr Hill said he was concerned about the evidence of a key prosecution witness who was later said to have bad eyesight, He also highlighted missing data from a British army tracking device placed in Wootton’s car.
“You are making a judgement on the evidence produced and on the evidence produced i don’t believe these boys are guilty,” he said.
“This case throws up more questions than answers and the more you look at the prosecution evidence the more you become confused because the half of it does not make sense at all.”
Mr Hill said he had no interest in the politics of the case.
“It’s not about politics, it’s about one thing and one thing only justice, innocence or guilt.
“If i read the papers and thought they were guilty I would go to the jail and tell them why i thought they were guilty.”
Mr Hill said he had sympathy for Constable Carroll’s widow Kate and was willing to meet her to explain his position.
“My heart goes out to her,” he said. “but to be honest with her, if they are guilty they should have the evidence to prove it and not be looking for scapegoats.”
Mr Hill is not the first high profile campaigner to voice concerns about the case.
Last year, Gerry Conlon who was wrongfully convicted of the 1974 Guilford bombings told the Irish News that he also believes the pair may be the victims of “a miscarriage of justice.”
Mr Conlon, who served 15 years in jail, is the chairman of the Justice for the Craigavon Two campaign.
Both men recently featured on a short film highlighting concerns about the case which has been posted on YouTube.
A number of human rights groups, including the Committee on the administration of Justice, have said they will send representatives to the appeal hearing.
Fianna Fail TD and former Irish government minister Eamon O Cuiv has also said he will attend.
The Miscarriages of Justice Organisation were asked to give evidence to the Health & Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament looking into the effects of trauma and the provision of treatment in Scotland. Cathy Molloy and Paul McLaughlin (Co-Project Managers) were asked to give evidence along with two of our clients, Iain Murray, and Billy Mills at a private session with MSP’s. Bellow is a link to the video for the Public Session which Paul McLaughlin gave evidence on behalf of MOJO.
Birmingham Pub Bombing Anniversary: Still No Justice, Still No Truth
Today is the 38th anniversary of the Birmingham Pub bombings. Still no justice, still no truth for those who died and their Families or for the men who were wrongfully convicted of the bombings. The six may have won there freedom over 20 years ago, but they have never been given the truth. When will the Government open up the files and let the truth be known? There was a 75 year restriction placed on the papers related to the Birmingham Six. This has to be lifted if justice is ever to prevail for the families of those who died and for the Six and there families.
21 reasons to re-open the Birmingham Pub Bombings Petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/24443
Sean Toal/Miscarriages of Justice Public Meeting:
Sunday 18 November 2012
2:00 PM Till 6PM Caledonian University,
Carneigie Lecture Hall, Glasgow.
Speakers: Paddy Hill (MOJO), Professor Allan Jamieson
(Forensic Institute), James Boyle (MOJ), Dr Sandra Lean (UAI)
Carol Toal (Justice 4 Sean Toal) Scott Forbes(Justice 4 Sean Toal)
The event will be chaired by Paul McLaughlin (MOJO)
Sean Toal’s Case:
MOJO is supporting the Toal family to hold a rally/public meeting to discuss and build support for Sean Toal on Sunday, 18th, November, 2012. The meeting will also address wider issues related to Miscarriages of Justice cases.
Message from Carol Toal (Sean’s Mother).
At present we have booked Caledonian University and the speakers will include criminologist Dr Sandra Lean, miscarriage of justice victim Paddy Hill, miscarriage of justice victim James Boyle, forensic expert Professor Alan Jamieson and a small talk by Carol Toal and Fiona Kennedy about the affect miscarriages of justice have on normal families and relationships. The meeting will be held from 2-5pm. Buses will be made available and pick up and drop off points will also be confirmed at a later date. This is so important in this fight for justice for Sean, and other wrongly convicted, that it is imperative that we get all of the support that we can. Please let us know if you are able to attend in order for us to arrange transport. T-SHIRTS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT A COST OF £3 EACH. This is LESS than we paid to have the t-shirts made, but it would be fantastic for everyone to wear one in support of Sean. Thanks for all your support, we will keep you posted as more details come available.
Mojo Event at The Fringe August 19th.
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MOJO Press Release, Re: Sentencing of Richard Munro
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
We take no pleasure in the sentencing of Richard Munro today. How can justice be done in this case, Drew Forsyth’s mother has still lost her son. His killer still walks the streets. Steven Johnson and Billy Alison cant get back the ten years they lost in prison for a crime they did not commit.
Richard Munro has to live with his actions. However Fife Constabulary have questions to answer, questions as raised by Lord Gill in his appeal ruling in the Johnson /Alison case regarding serious Police misconduct in this case. Lord Gill stated “On the fuller information available to us, we conclude that the police deliberately misled the Crown in a serious way. The result was that the procurator fiscal, and in consequence the defense, were kept unaware of evidence having a material bearing on a vital issue. The police thereby induced the Crown to adopt the police theory of the date of the murder and to challenge the credibility and reliability of any defence witness who cast doubt on it. That, in our opinion, was grave misconduct”.
Richard Munro has to live with his actions. Fife Constabulary fully supported Mr.Munro and the other officers who were involved in this case. There should be a public inquiry into the role of Fife Constabulary, it officers and the crown office in this case.
We feel that Drew Forsyth’s mother deserves a full explanation and apology, as do Steven Johnson and Billy Alison.
Paul Mclaughlin (Project Manager)
Former police inspector Richard Munro jailed
A former policeman has been jailed for five years for withholding evidence from prosecutors while investigating a murder in Fife 17 years ago.
Richard Munro, 53, was found guilty last month of attempting to defeat the ends of justice after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.
As a detective inspector he led the investigation into the killing of Andrew Forsyth in Dunfermline in 1995.
Steven Johnston and Billy Allison were jailed for murder then later acquitted.
However this goes far deeper than one rogue cop, that is why we need a public inquiry, you only have to read Lord Gill (the second highest judge in Scotland) appeal judgment where he says
 The police misconduct did not end with the trial. Fife Constabulary continued to mislead Crown Office in relation to the Deputy Crown Agent’s letters of 5 July 1996 and 3 February 1997.
 In the letter of 3 February the Deputy Crown Agent said that the procurator fiscal was satisfied that there was no intention on the part of the police deliberately to mislead him. That is not our conclusion. On the fuller information available to us, we conclude that the police deliberately misled the Crown in a serious way. The result was that the procurator fiscal, and in consequence the defence, were kept unaware of evidence having a material bearing on a vital issue. The police thereby induced the Crown to adopt the police theory of the date of the murder and to challenge the credibility and reliability of any defence witness who cast doubt on it. That, in our opinion, was grave misconduct.
This is a victory for justice. It’s the first time in British history that a corrupt policeman – in relation to a miscarriage of justice – has been convicted of a wrongdoing.
Police inspector Richard Munro withheld Fife murder evidence
A former policeman has been convicted of withholding evidence from prosecutors while investigating a murder in Fife 17 years ago.
Richard Munro, 53, was found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice after a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh.
As a detective inspector he led the investigation into the killing of Andrew Forsyth in Dunfermline in 1995.
Steven Johnston and Billy Allison were jailed for murder then later acquitted.
Campaign group, Miscarriages of Justice Scotland, said the case was the first time that a corrupt policeman in the UK, in relation to a miscarriage of justice, had been convicted of a wrongdoing.
Munro’s trial heard that he engineered the case which led to the Mr Johnston and Mr Allison’s convictions for the murder of Mr Forsyth during a drunken row.
He withheld information from prosecutors which could have helped the two men’s defence.
You should be under no illusion that a custodial sentence is inevitable in this case”
Judge Lord Doherty
He was finally caught after the pair’s defence lawyers managed to show that the retired detective chief superintendent could have acted illegally at an Appeal Court hearing in March 2006.
Appeal Court judges thought Munro’s actions constituted so much potential illegality that they had no choice but to quash the pair’s convictions.
Lothian and Borders Police spent two years investigating Munro and found they had enough evidence to prosecute him.
He was brought to trial earlier this year and after 11 weeks of proceedings was convicted by a majority verdict by the seven men and eight women of the jury.
After hearing the verdict, judge Lord Doherty deferred sentence until next month for background reports.
He told Munro: “You should be under no illusion that a custodial sentence is inevitable in this case.”
The Andrew Forsyth investigation was the first time Munro was put in charge of a murder probe.
When Mr Forsyth’s body was discovered on 9 November 1995, Mr Munro decided that he had been murdered on 3 November.
He told prosecutors that they should base the 3 November date as the time of death in their prosecution against Johnson and Allison.
But as the murder probe progressed, policemen uncovered evidence that Mr Forsyth had been alive on and after 3 November.
Munro then suppressed witness statements and on some occasions even altered the content of what people had told officers.
He failed to tell prosecutors about how he had access to information which showed Mr Forsyth had been alive after 3 November.
During the trial, Munro’s defence QC Mark Stewart said his client had accepted that he had made mistakes during the probe.
However, he said this was because he lacked training, managerial experience and had been misled by junior colleagues.
At the end of proceedings, the former detective’s wife – who accompanied her husband to court during every day of the trial – started crying loudly.
He turned to her – and said: “It’s alright.”
A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police, who carried out the investigation into Munro’s conduct, said: “It is vital that the public have confidence in the integrity of police investigations, and today’s conviction demonstrates that the police service in Scotland will act professionally and effectively when investigating crimes of this nature.”
John McManus of Miscarriages of Justice Organisation said: “This is a victory for justice. It’s the first time in British history that a corrupt policeman – in relation to a miscarriage of justice – has been convicted of a wrongdoing.
“Hopefully it sends a message to police today that they won’t get away with “fitting people up”.
“But sadly it doesn’t catch the killer of Drew Forsyth – who’s been free for the last 16 years.”
Who will pick up the pieces for Sam Hallam?
Sam Hallam had his conviction for murder quashed at the high court in London on 17/05/12. This decision was taken after the prosecution said they would not oppose his appeal. The Metropolitan Police were criticised for failing to check phones Sam had in his possession which showed his whereabouts at the time of the killing. They also failed to investigate Sam’s alibi. It is clear that had the Police done their job Sam Hallam would never have gone to trial never mind lose years of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. Sam and his family will now face another long road to find peace and justice. Will those who put Sam in prison be brought to book? This is a question Sam asked himself after leaving court on Thursday. If the past is anything to go by it is unlikely that anyone from the Met Police, or the CPS will face internal, or external charges for what happened to Sam. It seems more likely that the blame will be laid at the door of Sam’s defence team. Sam also will face the need for intensive medical support. He and his family will need intensive counselling. They will find that this support is not forthcoming from the state. There are no specialised services in place in the UK to provide the medical support required by the wrongfully convicted on their release. Even though there are systems in place to support the guilty prior to and on their release. This same support is not afforded to innocent people. The need for this support has been recognised by successive governments but no action has been taken to put in place the required services. Instead wrongfully convicted people are filtered through their local mental health networks which is a very hit and miss process in terms of being able to find someone who is adequately equipped to deal with the needs of those who have suffered the trauma of being innocent and incarcerated for long periods. The other hurdle Sam will face is the lengthy wait to be compensated. It will be no suprise if this process takes years to come to a final conclusion. They experience of many M.O.J. survivors is that they are quick to take your freedom but slow to deal with their resposiblities afterwards. Who will pick up the pieces for Sam Hallam? That remains to be seen.
Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi
Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi R.I.P. We hope justice will prevail.
Gerry Conlon meets Frank O’Connell and his family on his release after 27 years in prison. As you can see a picture really does speak a thousand words. The raw emotion on Gerry’s face tells it’s own story. Gerry was in America recently on a speaking tour organised by Centurion Ministries who campaign for the wrongfully convicted. Read more about Frank’s case:
Read more on the work of Centurion Ministries:
Justice Gap Article
Free to go? Surviving a wrongful conviction
As Billy Mills stood on the steps of the Edinburgh Court of Criminal Appeal in March 2009, he was overcome with relief as the words of Lord Gill echoed in his ears: ‘There has been a miscarriage of justice. You are free to go.’ Charlie Mole and Lyndon Harris consider the fate of the wrongly convicted who have successfully overturned their appeals. Thanks to Mojo for the picture (© Gregor Smith 2011).
After spending a harrowing 14 months behind bars for the armed robbery of a Royal Bank of Scotland Branch in Glasgow, judges ruled that new DNA evidence had emerged linking the crime to serial robber Micheal Absolum clearing Mills’ name. He left court that day determined to rebuild his life. Yet, three years later, the 45-year-old’s torment has left him unable to work and suffering from severe depression. His increasingly paranoid behaviour has also taken its toll on his family and he was forced to move from his home in central Glasgow, leaving Toni, his partner of more than 20 years, as well as his two teenage children.
Speaking quietly, nervously rubbing his hands, it is clear that despite his release from jail, Mills’ incarceration has had a profound effect on him. ‘When I left prison I thought I had left the cell behind,’ he says. ‘But my life is on hold, I feel trapped.
‘I am unable to sleep and need someone with me at all times. If the police look at me I get paranoid and have a panic attack. I have had to move out of the family home, away from my wife and two girls which has been heart-breaking, but it’s best for us all.’
Mills’ ordeal began on June 7, 2007 when he was woken at dawn by officers who burst into his house and arrested him for the armed robbery of a Royal Bank of Scotland Branch in Glasgow. He was tried, found guilty and sentenced to nine years in a high security prison. Incarcerated for 23 hours a day in a cold cramped cell, he struggled with the knowledge that he had been jailed for a crime he had not committed, discovering that those who maintain their innocence are provided with very little support.
Whilst a prisoner who admits their guilt is assigned a Sentence Planning Officer, preparing them for reintegration into society with a slow progression through four categories of prison, those who maintain their innocence are offered no such structure. Isolated and alone, he says he felt helpless as staff and fellow prisoners alike refused to take his claim seriously, pressing him instead to admit his guilt. ‘You become a laughing stock if you maintain your innocence,’ says Mills through gritted teeth, still visibly pained to talk about his ordeal. ‘They tried to persuade me to admit I was guilty, but when I explained I couldn’t, the prison officers weren’t interested so I was dropped.’
When his conviction was eventually quashed, Mills says he was offered no direct psychological support from the government and is still waiting to receive compensation from the state after his initial request was turned down.
With no where else to turn, and feeling increasingly desperate, he approached a small human rights group dedicated to supporting miscarriage of justice victims. Founded by Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six, and human rights campaigner John McManus in 1993, the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (MOJO) helps victims to re-learn key life-skills as well as supplying vital 24-hour emotional support.
Whilst the government-funded Miscarriages of Justice Support Service provides some practical assistance such as opening a bank account and registering for a doctor, there is no counseling and no specialist assessment of the victim’s needs.
Founding member John McManus, who has been with MOJO for 20 years, has campaigned for a fully-funded trauma centre to be set up to aid the reintegration process and offer a safe haven where victims can slowly learn to re-adapt to society after their time behind bars.
McManus says: ‘I always describe prison as a dark tunnel which you are in for years, your eyesight goes, and then suddenly there’s a little speck of light, that’s freedom. When you come out of the tunnel you’re suddenly blinded. I think that there needs to be an intermediary stage for these guys, similar to that offered to guilty prisoners due for release. At the moment they are simply released, and that is it: there is no structure in place for them to adapt to normality.’
He continues: ‘Because they are so vulnerable and in need of specialist care, often they will self-medicate with drink and drugs due to the lack of recognized support.’
Operating from a small office in Glasgow, the charity relies on a dedicated team of staff, including unpaid volunteers, who work around the clock. One volunteer reckons that she worked around 100 hours a week: ‘If they need someone to talk to at 3am then I’m there, it isn’t simply a nine to five job,’ she says.
Over the past 20 years the organisation has helped countless victims, one of the most well known being Gerry Conlon who was wrongfully jailed for 15 years in 1975 for the Guildford pub bombings. Conlon, who most of his adult life behind bars, struggled to hold his life together after he was released, suffering drug and alcohol addiction as well as two nervous breakdowns, and like Mills, he too received no offer of psychological help from the government.
‘Nobody gives the kind of emotional support we need apart from MOJO,’ Conlon says. ‘After I was released I felt lost and alone and I just don’t know where I would be without them. It would be better if they kept us in prison. We need a system that helps us get back into society: you won’t ever recover from this unless you’re given help.’
Conlon, 56, was described by Professor Gordon Turnbull, the leading authority on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as amongst the 1% of most traumatised people he has ever met. In a recent report, Professor Turnbull likened the trauma that wrongly convicted prisoners such as Conlon and Mills undergo as worse than that of hostages or prisoners of war. He said in the report: ‘Those who have their convictions quashed will generally find reintegration into everyday life extremely difficult because they have been detained by legal means within their own countries, rather than by alien cultures.’
Professor Turnbull also recognises the need for a system of gradual transition from prison to freedom without which he believes the victims have little hope of returning to a normal life. ‘The re-entry process needs to be managed well and it needs to start at the time of release at the very latest,’ he reckons.
Standing 20 years apart, it is clear that in both the Mills and Conlon cases, not much has changed. Although limited support and compensation are available, the real emotional and psychological help that both men need to get their lives back on track is provided by a small and under-funded charity.
After years of trying to rebuild his life, Conlon admits that the pain of having his youth taken away from him as well as the knowledge that even today, men such as Mills are still being ignored, is hard to take.
‘I have come to accept that mistakes happen, it is part of the way our justice system works, however it is the fact that we have been abandoned and left without help that makes us feel betrayed,’ Mills said.
‘Whilst we need to accept that our justice system makes mistakes, we need to learn from those mistakes. I still can’t move on and find peace until I get some form of written ruling or compensation from the state. Until that day, I’ll feel like I’m in purgatory.’
Conlon now works alongside McManus in campaigning to help the wrongly convicted, travelling the world to help build the profile of the organisation that helped him when he needed it most. Conlon says: ‘My vocation now is to stop what happened to me happening to someone else, that would be the best form of compensation. I have every faith that this system can change.’
Billy Allison and Steven Johnson: The trial of former chief superintendent Richard Munro began this week in Edinburgh High Court. Munro is charged with attempting to defeat the ends of justice. He is said to have illegally suppressed evidence in the murder investigation. Prosecutors say he submitted information to them which he knew was incorrect or misleading.Munro is also said to have altered or arranged to have altered statements which were made by people who had information about Mr Forsyth’s death.It is also claimed that Munro did not submit witness statements to the procurator fiscal’s office in Dunfermline and of failing to tell the procurator fiscal of information provided to the police.
Billy Alison and Steven Johnson spent 10 years in prison for the murder of Andrew Forsyth on 3 November 1995 (A crime they did not commit). Evidence later emerged that Mr.Forsyth was in fact still alive after this date. This evidence was kept from the defense and suppressed by the Police. Mr Munro has plead not guilty and lodged a defense of incrimination claiming four others suppressed the evidence. When Billy and Steven’s conviction were quashed in 2006 Lord Justice Clerk said the Police had been guilty of ‘grave misconduct’ having ‘suppressed and altered evidence. In reference to Richard Munro he said He was ‘liar’. The trial is due to run for eight weeks.
Sunday Herald finally publish S.C.C.R.C. report into Lockerbie
The Sunday Herald in Scotland have published the S.C.C.R.C. report which many feel would have led to the quashing of
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi conviction for the Lockerbie bombing. You can read the article which includes a link to the full S.C.C.R.C. report by following the link. It would appear that there are at least six ground that were accepted by the S.C.C.R.C. could have led to Mr.Megrahi being freed. This information should lead to a public inquiry. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/lockerbie-exclusive-we-publish-the-report-that-could-have-cleared-megrahi.2012036248
Press Release William Gage Loses his Appeal 27/01/2012
It has just been announced that William Gage’s appeal against the conviction of murder, had been denied. This judgment is a travesty of justice, which relies wholly on circumstantial evidence, it is inconceivable that the evidence, the burden of proof, led at the trial can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that William Gage has any involvement with the shooting of Justin McIlroy.
There is no direct evidence that connects William Gage with the shooting at Acacia Way in Cambuslang. They are keeping a man locked up in what can only be described as a spurious innuendo, and not facts that should be used in a court of law. They continue to maintain that a ‘white car’ found in Easterhouse is linked to William Gage via DNA found on particles of the clothing in the boot of the car, there was also two other unidentified DNA found on the clothing as well.
More importantly they allege that 8 particles of Firearm Discharge Residue, FDR, found on articles of the clothing, show that the white car was involved with a gun crime, and as no reporting of an gun incident involving a white car, then this shows that this car must be tied to the shooting of Justin McIlroy.
There are a number of problems with this argument first, the Appeal Court accepts that the FDR was a common type and ‘similar’ to the FDR found at the scene of crime. Similar means that it is not the same, therefore the 8 particles did not come from the gun that shot Justin McIlroy.
The worst part of the Appeal Court, and Crowns argument, is the fact that they maintain that 8 particles prove a gun crime. This is an absurd assumption, as one shot would release thousand of particles, never mind 5 shots that killed Justin McIlroy. According to Dr John Lloyd former Home Office Forensic Scientist, “when a gun is fired, this primer when it is fired turns into thousands and thousands of minute particles”. But only 6 were found on the jacket, three on the surface and three particles in the pocket. It is more likely that the lack of FDR shows it has come from cross-cross contamination, even in the U.S.A a number of States will not allow the use of FDR as evidence as it is highly contaminable. Therefore there is no proof that this jacket was worn when a gun was fired, and certainly no proof to link it with the gun that killed Justin McIlroy.
William Gage’s fight for justice goes on, the quality of evidence presented at trial and now propped up by the Scottish Appeal Court, is a disgrace and should enrage any intelligent honest person. This case will be going to the Supreme Court, and if necessary to the European Court of Human Rights, this is a travesty of justice, that in the 21st Century a man can languish in a Scottish Prison serving a life sentence that is purely circumstantial, and rather than be wholly compelling makes a mockery of Justice, Lord Hamilton should hang his head in shame.
Sean Toal’s appeal begins at Edinburgh High Court on Tuesday 31st January 2012.
Brendan Dixon’s appeal will be heard in Edinburgh High Court on Tuesday 14th February 2012
We’d ask anybody who can make it to get through to show your support for William, Sean, and Brendan. We hope that they get the results they deserves. Please come and show your support. It is vital that the powers that be see we are keeping an eye on how they procede.
Eddie Gilfoyle’s case has been making the news in the past few weeks. Here are some links to some media Eddie has done that will give you an idea of the shocking nature of the case. Eddie also has a petition he needs you to sign, so please follow the links for that page. You can also see update in his case on Eddie’s webpage
Eddie Gilfoyle on ITV’s Daybreak. 13.01.2012
Eddie Gilfoyle’s petition
ALABAMA 3 get there M.O.J.O. WORKIN’ The Alabama 3 has been there supporting the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation, M.O.J.O., since the inception, and if it wasn’t for their support in the early years helping with fundraisers, to pay for the rent and phone bills, there is every possibility that M.O.J.O. might have folded in those early days. (Read More)
FREE WILLIE GAGE Suddenly appearing on walls on the Motorway…Don’t forget William Gage’s appeal begins on the 13th of December. He needs your support. Free Willie Gage.
Just to point out that the Justice Directorate’s position in our view is a nonsense. Basically their position is that they can randomly arrest and detain people and not be held to account in any way shape or form. No compensation, No explanation, and not even an apology. We hope Billy Mills get some justice.
Innocent man fights for cash over jail term
21 Nov 2011
A MAN who spent nearly 14 months in prison for an armed robbery he did not commit has been refused compensation for his ordeal.
In 2008 William Mills was sentenced to nine years for robbing a branch of the Royal Bank Of Scotland in Partick, Glasgow, but freed just over a year later when DNA evidence linked the crime to a jailed South African thief.
In 2009 the Appeal Court said Mr Mills was a victim of a miscarriage of justice, but the Scottish Government has refused a pay-out.
Lawyer Cameron Fyfe has taken up the fight for compensation.
He said: “The Justice Directorate have written stating there can be no compensation because there was no serious default on the part of the police and there were no exceptional circumstances in this case.”
Mr Mills, 44, now has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.