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Miscarriages of Justice

Some of our recent notable cases

R v Errol Clive Heibner (2014)
A confession which had been relied upon to secure a murder conviction 37 years earlier had been reliably obtained in accordance with police investigation procedures in force at the time.
[2014] EWCA Crim 102  23/01/2014
Henry Blaxland QC

R v Nealon (2013)
The conviction of a man who had served 17 years of a life sentence for attempted rape was quashed by the Court of Appeal after it was demonstrated to be unsafe following fresh DNA evidence.
[2013] EWCA 13/12/2013
Peter Wilcox QC

R v Sam Hallam (2012)
Widely publicised case. Concerned failure of the police to investigate Mr Hallam’s alibi properly and by the non-disclosure by the prosecution of evidence which could have supported the defence case.
[2012] EWCA Crim
Henry Blaxland QC

R v LM and others (2010)
Appeal Court aquittals were achieved for three women convicted of controlling prostitution who were themselves victims of human trafficking.
[2010] EWCA Crim 2327 21/10/2010. Reported at (2011) 1 Cr App R 12
Henry Blaxland QC & Michelle Brewer

R v Sultan Shah (2010)
Successful appeal of a conviction for a client who was denieda fair trial after the prosecution misled the original trial judge.
[2010] EWCA Crim 2326 13/10/2010
Maya Sikand

R v Altaf Hussain (2008)
CCRC referral to the C of A in which a 1988 conviction for conspiracy to import heroin from Pakistan was quashed; this was the first conviction obtained by the [now controversial] use by British Customs of Pakistani participating informants in the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s)
[2008] EWCA Crim 1518 17/7/2008
Maya Sikand

R v Holdsworth (2008)
Conviction of babysitter for the murder of a neighbour’s child was found to be unsafe in the light of new medical evidence that suggested a predisposition to epilepsy.
[2008] EWCA Crim 971 1/5/2008. Reported at (2008) 102 BMLR 112.
Henry Blaxland QC

The Queen v Sean Hoey (2007)
Re. overturning of conviction for Omagh bombing. Mishandling of forensic evidence.
[2997] NICC 49 20/12/2007
Kieran Vaughan

R v Hanratty (2002)
The A6 murder, one of the most celebrated cases in English criminal law
[2002] EWCA Crim 1141 10/5/02. Reported at (2002) 2 Cr App R 30
Henry Blaxland QC

R v Derek Bentley (1998)
Craig and Bentley murder case and now the leading authority on the Court of Appeal’s approach to developments in the law since conviction.
[1998] EWCA Crim 2516 30/7/98. Reported at (2001) 1 Cr App R. 21
Henry Blaxland QC

Useful links

JUSTICE Guide ‘How to Appeal: a guide to the criminal appeal system’ (2011)
Article on recent developments in criminal appeals by Henry Blaxland QC ‘Appealing in Principle’ (Independent Lawyer, June 2008)
Criminal Cases Review Commission
Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association
Independent Police Complaints Commission
Criminal Justice Online (Home Office)
Innocent – supporting the campaigns for innocent people in prison
Miscarriages of Justice UK – cases and information
SAFARI – Supporting all those Falsely Accused with Reference Information