Criminal justice watchdog opens door to next Board meeting

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is inviting members of the public to its third annual Open Board meeting on Tuesday 29th November, 2022. The public Board meeting will take place via Zoom and is expected to last from 10:30am until 12:30pm. The invitation is open to everyone including stakeholders, legal professionals, the press andContinue reading “Criminal justice watchdog opens door to next Board meeting”

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”

‘My head’s a shed’

It is now more than twenty four years since a seven year old boy was murdered in a horrific arson attack in Marsh, Huddersfield. Believed to be the longest running unsolved child murder investigation in the country. Joe McCafferty died whilst enjoying a sleepover at his aunt’s home in Haywood Avenue at the start ofContinue reading “‘My head’s a shed’”

Rough justice for Anthony Steel

This is an article, first written by Neil Wilby for the police whistleblowers’ website, uPSDWYP, in 2013. It has been edited and refreshed with new information and connected case history that has emerged since then. Its importance at the time it was written, in aiding understanding of the incompetence and deep rooted institutional corruption thatContinue reading “Rough justice for Anthony Steel”

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”

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?”

Another step on long road to justice?

This weekend, the latest legal submissions will be made to the Criminal Case Review Commission (“CCRC”) in an effort to clear the name of a man convicted of murder in 1994 (writes Neil Wilby). The ‘Further Reply’ is in response to a Provisional Statement of Reasons issued by the criminal justice watchdog in October, 2019.Continue reading “Another step on long road to justice?”

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.”

More of the same

A cursory examination of this website will see that its focus is very much on policing matters: The core of its output is reporting from the press seats of criminal trials, civil claims, employment tribunals, information tribunals and consequent appeals from any of those courts. Very often, they feature misconduct, dishonesty, or even criminality, ofContinue reading “More of the same”

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”