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However the furore over these reviews has put centre stage misdeeds by SWP, and add to rising concern about shortcomings by the police in lots of forces.

The sufferer of considered one of numerous miscarriages by SWP (Mike O’Brien of the so-called Cardiff Newsagent Three), has proclaimed on social media: “It’s not simply the Met”.

Mike O’Brien – ‘it’s not simply the Met’

An Early Day Movement (EDM) within the UK Parliament has been tabled and was signed by a number of MPs, emphasising mounting requires a judicial evaluate into the variety of miscarriages SWP is chargeable for.

It declared: “…this Home notes the collection of instances for the reason that Nineteen Eighties investigated by South Wales Police pressure that resulted in wrongful convictions; additional notes the devastating influence that wrongful accusation and imprisonment can have on individuals topic to miscarriages of justice; expresses concern that lots of the perpetrators of those crimes have but to be discovered; and calls on the Ministry of Justice to organise a judicial inquiry into all miscarriages of justice that befell between 1982 and 2016”.


Liz Saville-Roberts, MP, is chief of Plaid Cymru within the Home of Commons, and tabled the movement highlighting miscarriages by South Wales Police

The movement was instantly signed by three Plaid Cymru (Plaid) MPs, together with the occasion’s chief within the Home of Commons (HoC), who tabled the movement, Liz Saville-Roberts.

Media Convention (MC), was held final yr (at which our Editor, Phil Parry, spoke) additionally demanding the judicial inquiry to uncover the reality concerning the miscarriages (it has since been refused, however because the EDM reveals, there may be now rising strain to carry one).

Phil with Mike O’Brien, a type of wrongly convicted after a flawed investigation, on the Media Convention calling for an inquiry into the actions of South Wales Police

Following the MC some then marched to the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru (WP/SC), and Welsh Authorities (WG) buildings, with numerous politicians backing a Assertion of Opinion to help the requires an inquiry. A rally is to be held on July 20 outdoors Cardiff Crown Courtroom.

These actions underscored calls for for the authorized investigation into the variety of high-profile miscarriages within the Nineteen Eighties, ’90s, and 2000s, which the EDM now requires too. They embody: The Cardiff Three (5), The Cardiff Newsagent Three, The Darvell Brothers, Jonathan Jones (The Tooze Murders), in addition to Annette Hewins.

Mike O’Brien, with Jonathan Jones and Annette Hewins – who had been all jailed wrongly

Nonetheless this shameful record does NOT have on all of it these harmless individuals, who had been convicted of much less essential crimes than homicide, but who now have a document which can have an effect on them for the remainder of their lives, and there’s a highly effective argument for eliminating SWP fully.

Phil emphasised the disturbing undeniable fact that areas with a larger inhabitants, have FEWER police forces. “It’s ridiculous that in a inhabitants of three.1 million individuals we in Wales have FOUR forces, he stated: “Scotland is far larger, however solely has ONE. London has virtually 9 million individuals but has simply TWO Consider the general public cash that’s wasted duplicating sources, to pay fats salaries to all these Assistant Chief Constables, and Chief Constables!”.

Phil was instructed to place his pocket book away when one solicitor described what was happening

On the MC, Phil stated to the viewers that he was recurrently approached by solicitors in the course of the Nineties, who stated the police had been doing dangerous issues, and that one thing needed to be completed. On one event he was instructed to place away his pocket book as a result of he was knowledgeable that no document ought to be made from the dialog. He additionally described how different forces had been put in ‘particular measures’ (together with the Met), however that this was the least that ought to be completed with SWP.

Cardiff newsagent, Phillip Saunders, and one of many three individuals wrongly convicted of his homicide, Mike O’Brien

The MC was organised by Mr O’Brien, who talked movingly about how his well being had been badly affected after he spent 11 years inside jail, for against the law he didn’t commit. Mr O’Brien instructed The Eye: “My well being has been ruined, and there was long-lasting harm. My miscarriage of justice case has induced an enormous household rift”. Mr O’Brien, who’s now in his fifties, was jailed wrongly in 1988 for the killing of Cardiff newsagent, Phillip Saunders.

The Cardiff Three. Three black males had been convicted of homicide however one white man really did it

One other who spoke emotionally of what had occurred to him, was John Actie, one of many Cardiff Three/5. He was accused of involvement within the homicide of 20-year-old Lynette White, who was viciously killed in James Road in what’s now often called Cardiff Bay. Three BLACK males had been convicted of the homicide (though FIVE, together with Mr Actie, had been placed on trial), when one WHITE man (Jeffrey Gafoor) was lastly caught years later by DNA evaluation. He confessed to finishing up the horrible 1988 homicide, and even apologised, by his barrister, to the others who had been incorrectly jailed.

Assassin Jeffrey Gafoor and photofit the police had initially

The 5 harmless males, had been arrested in December 1988 after detectives had been on the case for 10 months, and had been pursuing a suspect seen close by (who seemed EXACTLY like Gafoor), minutes following the homicide. However when SWP modified the investigating crew, and strain mounted to make an arrest, consideration turned to locals. Regardless of no forensic proof connecting the 5 to Ms White’s homicide they had been taken in.

Males had been put behind bars wrongly

Tony Paris, Yusef Abdullahi, and Stephen Miller had been discovered responsible in 1990 of the homicide and spent greater than two years serving jail sentences having spent the identical time on remand, whereas cousins John and Ronnie Actie had been acquitted after being in custody since their arrest. False eyewitness statements, coerced confessions, and extra had been used within the police ‘investigation’. Nonetheless on enchantment in 1992 the taped interviews with Mr Miller, who had a psychological age of 11, had been deemed an instance of inappropriate interrogation for reference in future instances, such was their intimidating and coercive nature.

A number of programmes have been broadcast

A number of programmes have been broadcast wanting on the occasions by which the police performed such a serious half, and a quantity are in manufacturing now. Early final yr, one other was transmitted (though it’s nonetheless accessible to be streamed) analyzing Mr O’Brien’s story intimately.

The promotional materials earlier than considered one of them, proclaimed: “Episode One Monday twenty third Could at 9pm Raphael Rowe delves into the brutal homicide of Cardiff newsagent Phillip Saunders in 1987. The episode examines the investigation that led to the conviction of three harmless males, which resulted of their wrongful imprisonment. The episode reveals stunning police threats and coercion that led to the arrest and incarceration of Michael O’Brien, Ellis Sherwood and Darren Corridor. After the lads had spent greater than a decade behind bars, a courtroom enchantment quashed the unique verdict, however the unsolved case continues to hang-out the town. Plus, for the primary time ever, the sufferer’s sister and nephew break a 35-year silence and reveal unique insights into the case”.

Phil Jones had a “lack of ethical fibre” in accordance with the decide when he was jailed

Including to the woes of SWP, and emphasising the EDM, is that a former head of CID was not too long ago jailed. A extremely complicated sting operation trapped one time Detective Chief Superintendent Phil Jones, which concerned the bugging of vehicles, and deploying of decoy ‘purchasers’ who made out they wished to pay for data. It climaxed in Mr Jones admitting to paying an ex-colleague to provide him with data from police databases, after he retired from SWP to run a non-public investigations company in 1997.

Even earlier than these horrible particulars emerged, Sky documentaries had been broadcast, referred to as Homicide within the Valleys (MITV), wanting into the horrific Clydach murders in 1999, when 4 individuals (Mandy Energy her aged disabled mom Doris, and two younger kids) had been brutally crushed to dying.

Campaigners supported David (Dai) Morris, earlier than he died in jail nonetheless protesting his innocence

This, too, has been put centre stage by the EDM, in addition to latest reviews of police actions, regardless of the actual fact it isn’t (in concept) a miscarriage of justice case, though the person convicted of them (David ‘Dai’ Morris) died in jail nonetheless protesting his innocence. They had been nominated for 2 awards on the BAFTA Cymru ceremony, together with one for greatest Factual Sequence.

One other tv programme late final yr, on 5Star (which pretended to be wanting into ‘chilly instances’), although was VERY completely different. and incurred the wrath of many near what had occurred. 5Star is a free-to-air tv channel owned by Paramount Networks UK & Australia and a sister to Channel 5, which specialises in documentaries. One of many daughters of Mr Morris, Janiene Marie O’Sullivan, publicly declared to her devoted web site group: “I’m discovering it troublesome to place into phrases the way it made me really feel….Principally it was a complete hour of Martin Lloyd-Evans (who led the investigation into the Clydach Murdersspeaking garbage!…South Wales police have completed themselves no favours once more with this one”.

Mr Morris’s sister Debra Thomas additionally stated on the location: “Are you able to consider the utter verbal diarrhoea Martin Lloyd was spouting in that low-cost channel 5 program…I additionally know the journalist is on this group so I hope and pray she will get to learn this.”  And: “What disgraceful journalism!! They need to cling their heads in disgrace”.

The web site Mrs Thomas helped arrange, alongside along with her niece, questions her brother’s guilt and has virtually 31,000 members. On it she revealed a reply from Channel 5 to her criticism concerning the programme, however above the letter she wrote: “What analysis did they do????”.

Mandy Energy, her two daughters Katie and Emily, together with disabled mom Doris Dawson, had been all crushed to dying

The profitable prosecution case towards Mr Morris was that he had gone to Ms Energy’s in search of intercourse, excessive on drink and medicines, been spurned and beat your entire household to dying, leaving his chain there within the course of. But the proof prompt Doris had been killed first, NOT her daughter, when presumably it might have been the particular person doing the spurning who would have died FIRST!

Mr O’Brien seems on MITV saying that he believes the conviction of Mr Morris IS in actual fact one other miscarriage of justice. He instructed the MITV documentary-makers:  “Once I was launched from jail I keep in mind…saying ‘I’m going to be South Wales Police’s worst nightmare for what they did to me’, and I meant each phrase of it”.

David Thorne of South Wales Police – ‘We received it improper’

In a proper interview for MITV (they wouldn’t do one with Phil), Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) of SWP, David Thorne, made a startling admission, concerning the errors that had been made by the police within the earlier miscarriages of justice. Throughout filming for the programme Mr Thorne appeared on, a forensic evaluate discovered traces of DNA on a sock which it’s believed was used to carry the homicide weapon, that had been “extra possible than not” to have come from Mr Morris, and SWP trumpeted the discovering. They successfully stated:  ‘We all know we received it improper prior to now, however this time is completely different. Belief us’.

Dai Morris’ sister, Debra (now Thomas) with dad and mom after the primary conviction: ‘They’ve received the improper man’

But a long-running marketing campaign has been launched to determine his innocence, and after the primary trial when Mr Morris was convicted, his sister Debra gave a tearful press convention along with her dad and mom when she pressured her perception that he was NOT responsible. She stated: “He simply didn’t do these items…they’ve received the improper man”.

ACC Thorne, although, insisted on MITV, that Mr Morris was the RIGHT man, however acknowledged that errors had been made in earlier police inquiries. He proclaimed:  “It’s protected to say we received it improper (prior to now).  We completely received it improper. (There have been) HUGE errors in the way in which investigations had been performed (however) we HAVEN’T discovered that on this case.  This isn’t a miscarriage of justice”.

Nonetheless Phil had made a BBC Panorama tv programme concerning the stunning Clydach Murders a number of years after they’d been dedicated, and he was the primary to query the police actions throughout THIS investigation too.  As he stated within the opening of the programme: “One police pressure in Britain has a disturbing document of locking up the improper individuals in homicide instances”.

Throughout MITV, the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) at the time, Detective Superintendent (DS) (Retd.) of South Wales Police (SWP) Martyn Lloyd Evans, is questioned concerning the obvious mistake of not releasing to the general public a witnesses E-Match constructed quickly after the murders, which, it stated, had a 90 per cent likeness. He replies that as a result of the person seen was carrying a bag, and it was believed the killer didn’t have one, it was not put out.

Martyn Lloyd Evans on ‘Homicide within the Valleys’, didn’t suppose an E-Match was ‘related’

Mr Evans stated: “I didn’t suppose it was related”, however the E-Match matched virtually precisely the face of the primary senior police officer on the scene, Inspector (on the time) Stuart Lewis, who (towards all process) had solely stayed there a matter of minutes, or that of his equivalent twin brother (one other police officer, Sergeant [also at the time] Stephen Lewis, whose spouse was having a homosexual affair with one of many victims). Inspector Stuart Lewis, had modified his shift to be on that night time, nevertheless at essential hours in the course of the murders his whereabouts had been unknown. He was driving a purple Peugeot diesel, and a automotive much like this was noticed close to the homicide scene. So to say the E-Match was ‘not related’, appeared weird within the excessive, to critics of the police.

Wynne Phillips, previously head of CID South Wales Police on ‘Homicide within the Valleys’ – ‘We are able to’t manufacture proof’

Within the MITV movies Mr Evans’ boss because the then head of SWP CIDWynne Phillips, additionally stated one thing unimaginable: “We are able to’t manufacture proof”. However occasions earlier than the murders, confirmed that SWP have completed EXACTLY that.

To take simply a type of instances (by which Phil was intimately concerned, as a result of he had made ANOTHER programme questioning THAT conviction [The Cardiff Newsagent Three]), the police MANUFACTURED (as Mr Phillips stated they DIDN’T do) an overheard ‘confession’ between the younger males they’d arrested, when an admission was successfully made to the homicide of the newsagent, and so they offered earlier than the courtroom ‘EVIDENCE’ that the group had run from the scene, however one of many three had dangerous legs and couldn’t run in any respect.

The police have been unmasked

Now there are extra questions for the police to reply, after disclosures that an officer allegedly “didn’t trouble” to research correctly Couzens over accusations of flashing hours earlier than he raped and murdered Ms Everard, shining the highlight because it does on errors by South Wales Police (SWP)…


The reminiscences of Phil’s extraordinary 39 yr award-winning profession in journalism (together with tales like these) as he was gripped by the uncommon incurable disabling situation Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), have been launched within the ebook ‘A GOOD STORY’. Order the ebook now! 

A “calamitous litany of failures” by the police

Quickly on The Eye – how disturbing information that the police have nonetheless not realized from a “calamitous litany of failures” in a single high-profile homicide case (which means this pressure in London may have missed different instances, in accordance with a damning watchdog report), put centre stage a few of these terrible particulars, amid mounting concern {that a} nation of solely 3.1 million individuals has FOUR providers.



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