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.”

Blind in one Eye

Much has already been written on this website about the well-publicised innocence claim of Robin Garbutt, convicted of brutally murdering his wife in April 2011 (read here). A jury at Teesside Crown Court found that, a year earlier, he had bludgeoned his wife to death whilst she lay sleeping in bed above the village shopContinue reading “Blind in one Eye”

Dr Truthseeker loses her moral compass

Over the past three months, a number of articles have been added to this website on the subject of a murder, in 2010, at Melsonby Village Store and Post Office in North Yorkshire. At the conclusion of a criminal trial that took place a year later, at Teesside Crown Court, the judge and jury foundContinue reading “Dr Truthseeker loses her moral compass”

Danny Major case back under CCRC review

After a pause lasting almost five years, the innocence claim of former West Yorkshire Police officer, Danny Major, is once again being considered by the Criminal Case Review Commission. He was convicted in November, 2006 of assaulting a prisoner and causing actual bodily harm following an incident that took place in Leeds Bridewell three yearsContinue reading “Danny Major case back under CCRC review”

Latest Garbutt application to CCRC ‘still under review’

The Criminal Case Review Commission has confirmed that the latest application to review the murder conviction of Robin Garbutt, submitted on 5th December, 2019, is still under consideration. No date has been indicated by the watchdog’s press office as to when the decision will be communicated to his legal representative, Martin Rackstraw of Russell-Cooke solicitors.Continue reading “Latest Garbutt application to CCRC ‘still under review’”