Richard Whittam QC leading Louise Oakley were instructed by the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of Crown Prosecution Service to respond to the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s (CCRC) referral to the Court of Appeal of Alan Charlton and Idris Ali’s convictions for murder and manslaughter in 1991 and 1994 respectively.
The case became known as the ‘body in the carpet’ case after the remains of a 15 year old girl were discovered wrapped in carpet in a shallow grave a stone’s throw from the Millennium Stadium on 7 December 1989.
The CCRC raised concerns about the alleged ‘oppressive handling’ of witnesses by police officers and alleged breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. In particular, the CCRC drew comparisons between the involvement of 23 key police officers from South Wales who were involved in investigating the murders of Phillip Saunders and Lynette White and who were ultimately charged with perverting the course of justice relating to those convictions.
The Court of Appeal accepted the respondent’s submissions on the law and the approach to be taken in cases where there was proven misconduct of police officers in other cases.
The full judgment can be found here.
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