CCRC uses special powers to reach out to convicted sub-postmasters and counter staff

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has written to around 170 former Post Office sub-postmasters and counter staff convicted for fraud, theft, or false accounting to offer help for those wanting to challenge their conviction. These individuals had not responded to efforts by Post Office Ltd to contact them.  The CCRC stepped in last monthContinue reading “CCRC uses special powers to reach out to convicted sub-postmasters and counter staff”

Another setback for Post Office murderer

A short press statement issued by the Criminal Case Review Commission earlier today (16th February, 2022) appears to confirm the contrary view, held almost alone by the author of this piece, Neil Wilby, that the conviction of a man who murdered his sub-postmistress wife in 2010 is, in criminal justice terms, safe. “The current positionContinue reading “Another setback for Post Office murderer”

Liston boxes clever

Of all West Yorkshire Police’s rogue officers down the years, the chequered history of this one, ex-PC Kevin Liston (pictured above), informs more about this police force than, very arguably, any other. The sense that WYP has been, for decades, an organisation out of control at the very top pervades a surprising number of theContinue reading “Liston boxes clever”

Catholic Church defends decision to hold mass for murderer

Much has been written elsewhere on this website about the case of Robin Garbutt, convicted in 2011 of murdering his wife, Diana, in the living quarters of Melsonby Post Office in North Yorkshire, writes Neil Wilby. Those articles, extending to over 50,000 words and representing over 600 hours of research and writing, cover the leadContinue reading “Catholic Church defends decision to hold mass for murderer”

CCRC makes six more appeal referrals

An article published elsewhere on this website on 3rd September, 2021 highlighted a particularly busy period for the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) (read more here). Just ten days later, the watchdog announced a further six appeal referrals. All are applicants connected to the much publicised ‘Post Office Horizon’ scandal. The cases of Mohammed Aslam, AmandaContinue reading “CCRC makes six more appeal referrals”

Criminal justice watchdog makes third appeal referral in busy two weeks

On 3rd September, 2021, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (“CCRC”) announced that the conviction of an applicant known as “Ms G” has been referred to the relevant Crown Court for an appeal hearing. This is the third referral since 19th August, 2021, following the cases of Gavin Trendell referred the previous day (read more here)Continue reading “Criminal justice watchdog makes third appeal referral in busy two weeks”

No birthday present for convicted murderer

August 7th is the birthday of Robin Garbutt, convicted of murdering his sub-postmistress wife, Diana, in a brutal attack in the living quarters of the village shop they had both run since 2003 (read more here). Now 55 years old, he is in his eleventh year of a life sentence handed down at Teesside CrownContinue reading “No birthday present for convicted murderer”

Will lack of funding block road to justice?

A long-running battle against alleged miscarriages of justice is grinding along slowly, but surely. But, as so many have found before Ralph Christie, a Leeds-born carpet trader turned property developer, a lack of funds severely hampers the process, writes Neil Wilby. The proceedings in question began with his arrest by West Yorkshire Police in July,Continue reading “Will lack of funding block road to justice?”

Has Horizon claim disappeared into the sunset?

In the week that marked the tenth anniversary of the conviction of Robin Garbutt, there have been three noteworthy developments, with a fourth to follow on shortly with the handing down of a Court of Appeal judgment, in a connected matter, on Friday 23rd April, 2021 at the Royal Courts of Justice: The Post OfficeContinue reading “Has Horizon claim disappeared into the sunset?”

Post Office robberies claim was a sham, say police.

At around this time last year (March 2020) I was in regular contact with Jane Metcalfe, a relative newcomer to the innocence claim of convicted murderer, Robin Garbutt (read more here), writes Neil Wilby. She was, however, widely recognised as the campaign leader at that point and had done remarkably well in raising the profileContinue reading “Post Office robberies claim was a sham, say police.”