CARDIFF 3: Panorama: Justice Denied TV - Court of Appeal 1992 - BBC online - Satish Sekar -
16,654. Twenty years ago Panorama investigated a bungled murder inquiry [Lynette White] that resulted in three innocent men being sent to prison for Life. Last year the case against eight officers accused of perverting the cause of justice to secure those convictions collapsed. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) Panorama: Justice Denied: The Greatest Scandal? ***** BBC 2012
16,655. The biggest scandal in the history of British justice. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) ibid.
16,656. A tale of murder and a major miscarriage of justice. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) ibid.
16,657. Last year eight police officers involved in that miscarriage have walked free from court. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) ibid.
16,658. The murder of twenty-two-year-old Lynette White, a well-known prostitute. ibid.
16,659. A single white-male line of inquiry. ibid.
16,660. For nine months the police had been looking for one white male suspect ... A completely new set of suspects was taken in for questioning. ibid.
16,661. Following the longest murder trial in British criminal history ... the remaining three remaining three defendants Steven Miller, Yusef Abdelahi and Tony Paris were all sentenced to life in prison. ibid.
16,662. Hostile police interviews. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) ibid.
16,663. The decision of the South Wales police to investigate itself ... 13 South Wales police officers were charged. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) ibid.
16,664. The deliberate destruction of files. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) ibid.
16,665. Incredibly, the documents that had apparently been destroyed mysterious turned up seven weeks after the trial had ended. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) ibid.
16,666. We are bound to say on hearing the tape we were horrified ... Short of physical violence it is hard to conceive of a more hostile and intimidating approach by officers to a suspect. (Miscarriage of Justice: Cardiff 3 & Police) Court of Appeal 1992
16,667. South Wales Police says it has asked the police watchdog to investigate after the UK's biggest case involving alleged police corruption collapsed.
Eight former officers were cleared of perverting the course of justice at Swansea Crown Court after the wrongful conviction of three men for murder.
The judge ruled the officers and two other defendants, who were also found not guilty, could not get a fair trial.
The case follows the murder of Cardiff prostitute Lynette White in 1988.
Files relating to complaints by an original defendant were said to be missing, and the director of public prosecutions said he was 'extremely concerned'.
The cost of the investigations and trials is thought to run into tens of millions. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) BBC News online article 1st December 2011
16,668. The English criminal justice system regularly churns out serious miscarriages. If you want to know why and how this happens, you could turn to this shocking and detailed account of the case of the Cardiff Three.
The three, Yusef Abdelahi, Tony Paris and Steven Miller, were convicted of the brutal murder of a prostitute in Cardiff’s Butetown after one of the longest-ever trials. The real killer is still at large. Policemen under pressure to resolve a horrific crime refused to accept the repeated and emphatic denials of a man who was psychologically vulnerable. They intimidated and threatened him until he confessed. Other promising lines of inquiry were abandoned once the police were convinced they had got their men.
Though the crime was committed in Cardiff, the trial was held in Swansea, where black defendants were unlikely to find jurors whose life experience matched their own. Satish Sekar details how forensic evidence was misinterpreted, and draws pertinent general conclusions about the defects of the adversarial system of trial. Satish campaigned for and got a full investigation of the way the case had been handled. He shows that despite (or perhaps because) of the blizzard of legislation in this field over the last 20 years, the system is on course for more miscarriages in the future. This is a very important book for anyone concerned with the future of civil liberties in Britain. Satish Sekar, The Fitted In Project