WARD, JUDITH: Innocent online -
16,901. Convicted in 1974 at the age of 25 of a number of bombings – of the National Defence College in Buckinghamshire, a coach on the M62 motorway and Euston Station in London – Judith Ward was released from prison when her conviction was quashed on 11 May 1992. She has since written a book: Ambushed – My Story.
The appeal court was told the original trial had not been informed of Ward’s history of mental illness before her arrest and her possible unfitness to plead. Neither the court nor her family were told of a suicide attempt while Ward was in custody.
The appeal court was told Ward had changed her ‘confession’ several times, and police and the prosecution had to select parts of her statements to construct a plausible version. The prosecution also concealed other important facts from the defence.
As well, evidence from discredited forensic scientist Frank Skuse had been important to her conviction. (Miscarriage of Justice & Police) Innocent online article