Foul play suggested in corruption case
all credits: Mail Online
published: 27 January 2012
Updates listed at the foot of this item
Missing documents that sparked the collapse of a police corruption case – in which officers were accused of fitting up three innocent men for the murder of a prostitute – have been found intact, despite claims the files had been shredded. Ten people, including eight former police officers, were accused of fabricating a case which led to the wrongful jailing of three innocent men for the murder of Lynette White in 1988. However, the multi-million pound case collapsed in farce last month after the court was told crucial evidence had been shredded.
Now, it has been confirmed that the supposedly destroyed documents have been found intact and in their original boxes by investigators.
Yusef Abdullahi, Tony Paris and Stephen Miller became known as the ‘Cardiff Three’ when were wrongly jailed for the murder of Lynette White in 1990. They were freed by the Court of Appeal in 1992 after a judge heavily criticised the original police investigation into the 20-year-old’s murder.
South Wales Police mounted an eight-year inquiry into the case which led to the eight officers being accused of fabricating evidence to frame the ‘Cardiff Three’ and two other men, cousins John and Ronnie Actie who were acquitted in 1990.
Chief superintendent Thomas Page, 62, and chief inspectors Graham Mouncher, 59, and Richard Powell, 58, were alleged to have colluded with five other detectives – Michael Daniels, 62, Paul Jennings, 51, Paul Stephen, 50, Peter Greenwood, 59, and John Seaford, 62 – to pervert the course of justice.
All were acquitted last month after Swansea Crown Court heard that a top cold-case detective at South Wales Police (SWP) had ordered the destruction of files containing evidence relating to the case. Mr Justice Sweeney discharged the jury telling them the accused could not get a fair trial.
Four other ex-policemen, also jointly accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, were due to stand trial separately next year.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating the collapse, revealed the missing files had been found in the hands of SWP.
The revelation prompted Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, to order an independent probe into the disclosure exercise conducted by prosecutors involved in the case.
Stephen Miller, who was wrongly jailed for the murder, last night reacted angrily to the development describing it as ‘ridiculous’. He told the Independent: ‘There has to be a public inquiry. Some of my co-accused have now passed away – where is the justice for them?’
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