Friday, 10 November 2017

15 Years Since the last Appeal: Jeremy's second blog of three


It is now 15 years since my last appeal, and even though court orders were issued for complete disclosure, these have still not been complied with by Essex police.  So how do we know that a vast amount of case material remains undisclosed? I will explain.

We have a letter dated before the 2002 appeal from my then solicitor at Glaisyers, Ewan Smith (now an ex-CCRC Commissioner), informing Mr Mike Webster the Senior Operations Officer of High Security Prisons that the case files he had seen amounted to around 4 million pages of information[i].

We also know from Michael Turner QC that he was given access to a small warehouse which was full of boxes of case files to look through. He was buried under a snowstorm of case material derived and printed from the Holmes II (police) computer system relevant to my case. Michael Turner QC’s notes show which files he had access to pre the 2002 appeal. This has been examined in detail and thousands of documents had been stripped out of these files in the warehouse from the Holmes boxes numbered 1-80 whilst boxes 81-89 in their entirety were not even disclosed to the defence and remain undisclosed to this day.

At the close of the 2002 appeal hearing the CPS stated in court that they had still not reviewed all of the case material and that they would hand this to Michael Turner QC to look through. The appeal judges stated that if Mr Turner discovered any material to assist the defence case then he could return with this evidence that they would then consider.
What the judges and Michael Turner QC did not know was that he was handed just 340,000 pages of the 3½ - 4 million pages of documentation. As PII (Public Interest Immunity) was still involved in the case at that time, it wasn’t until the rules changed in 2006 that this could be disclosed and I was then given all the material held by Michael Turner QC in 2011. My campaign team then scanned every last page of these documents. These were subjected to a meticulous initial review of the material using a laptop computer by the campaign and also every night by me which took almost 3 years to complete. It has taken a further 3 years to properly cross-reference these papers to find the hidden case truths with more still being uncovered frequently.

In Las Vegas the casinos use huge amounts of playing cards playing Blackjack (21) or Texas hold 'em (poker). To defeat cheating by card counting they use ten or twenty packs of cards at a time, shuffled up and placed in a cardholder called a shoe. At any one time Las Vegas casinos may be using around two million playing cards, or half the numbers of papers in my case.

Importantly the Metropolitan Police had authority over the Holmes account pertinent to my case and what they did when allowing access to the case files to Michael Turner QC was to strip out all the Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks that would have assisted the defence case, and presented instead the falsified and manipulated evidence to the prosecutor Victor Temple QC who then handed this to the court and the defence lawyers. Effectively it was the same as if all of the Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks were stripped from these decks of cards in a casino with the dealers keeping their dodgy Aces up their sleeves to use when they wanted to in order to win.

Essex police, assisted by the Metropolitan Police, just as a casino would know if the cards being dealt had been tampered with, knew that the 2002 appeal court were conducting a sham appeal owing to the fact key documents which showed my innocence had been removed from the disclosed material. In effect all cards being dealt to the prosecution contained all of the Aces and most of the Kings, Queens and Jacks – a sham. Yet who in that 2002 appeal courtroom knew that the appeal hearing was a farce based upon a lie that only one silencer featured in this case?

Essex police swear that there was only one silencer, like a casino swearing there was only one shoe of cards at a table, but 32 years later it turns out Essex police were lying. Of course the silencer that was DNA tested in 2000/2001 did not have Sheila’s DNA in it, because her blood groups matched beneficiary Robert Boutflour’s group which is why he never gave a DNA sample, nor was he asked to give one. So, you must ask yourself: "why not?" An unknown male DNA was discovered in the silencer during the DNA testing for the appeal and yet Robert Boutflour was never eliminated and no questions were asked. Very odd! The lie being told to the appeal court by Essex Police/Metropolitan Police was convenient for the Criminal Justice System as it allowed my 2002 appeal to be dismissed.
It was no wonder that no one found out in 2002 that my appeal hearing was a total sham. The evidence for this was buried amongst the 340,000 pages of disclosed documents and has only been exposed in the last couple of years.

Still missing are 77 photographs many that feature two silencers. Also missing are Sheila’s medical records, the complete forensic files and the deals made with witnesses for immunity from prosecution in return for their testimony against me.

The CPS/DPP/Essex Police should now disclose all the further information from my case as ordered to do by the court, however doing that is probably going to implicate them in knowingly prosecuting an innocent man. Whether they do disclose further documents, photographs, audio recordings of events from this case it does not actually matter to proving my innocence, we can do that already although it would assist greatly and may reveal even more truths. From the small percentage of the 4 million case documents we have had disclosed, Essex police slipped up and included a few of the Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces and owing to this the truth of the case is now known, but to have the complete truth is the goal. The fact is that my conviction still stands even though Essex police built their case against me based on now provable lies and cover-ups.

In Vegas when they discover someone cheating there would be consequences. It is hoped that now we know that Essex police have cheated they will all face investigation. It is possible though more of the judicial authorities have known about this except me and that they have just turned a blind eye to how I was convicted, because to concede that my case was and is a miscarriage of justice brings the whole legal system into disrepute, and that it seems cannot be allowed to happen.

Jeremy
  



[i] The Appeal itself is very substantial and could take up to 6 weeks to be heard, and a conservative
estimate puts the number of pieces of paper at some 4 million, and both Junior Counsel and ourselves have
been working fairly extensively examining all the disclosed paperwork.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

15 Years since the last appeal: first of three blogs marking the anniversary



Hearing: 17th October - 1st November 2002
Judgement: 12th December 2002

15 years since the last appeal I can’t believe how quickly time passes, but there were so many things that happened back then.

I recall receiving a fax at Whitemoor from the Parole Board dated 26th October 2002 arranging for Brenda Large a Parole Board member to visit me for an interview at 2pm on 4th October 2002.   The fax went on to explain in detail about the purpose of this interview with Brenda Large and of course I had always known that this parole hearing would take place.

The 1994 letter from HQ dated 15th December 1994 Ref ADP/B 32307 supposedly explaining my tariff of 25 years, although the Secretary of State stated:
“This seems to me to be a ‘whole life’ case.”

Because I was sentenced prior to this tariff process the Secretary of State went on to say:
“In your case the Parole Board review scheduled for September 2002 will go ahead.”

This was because in 1986 the law stated that no life sentence prisoner should serve more than 17 years in prison without a parole hearing.  I had been given that in writing and told I would have my first parole hearing at the 17 year point, then at 22 years, 25 years and every 3 years after that. But due to my appeal hearing my parole hearing was delayed until January 2003, should it be necessary if my appeal hearing was unsuccessful.

As we know I didn’t win that 2002 appeal hearing due entirely to active non-disclosure of evidence by Essex Police/Metropolitan Police.   More on that in a moment.

The Parole Board chose not to hold a parole hearing and since 2002 I believe that the Parole Board have held the hearings at the appropriate times but kept the findings confidential.

The reason I believe this to be true is that at each 3 year point when I would have had a parole hearing I have a telephone conference or video conference with my local Essex Probation Officer who asks all the questions about what I would do upon release etc, etc.  Of course my Probation Officer is under the same “secret” order about my not being a “whole life order” prisoner because it suits them for everyone including me to think I am.   But no other “whole life order” prisoners have had parole hearings scheduled after 17 years or have local probation officers who interview them every 3 years. It’s a wind up for me that I can’t make proper representations for parole or challenge any decisions made.

Typical of my case – it’s always secrets.

But in 2002 Essex Police and the Metropolitan Police were really close to being obligated to come clean and admit that in 1985 Essex Police withheld information from the Director of Public Prosecutions and my defence in order for me to be prosecuted.

In 2002 there were many occasions when evidence came to be known about and appreciated for what it was and its significance for my conviction ignored by the Metropolitan Police who simply chose to suddenly stop investigating that line of enquiry.

I have all of the Action Reports from 2002 and of the 4 million case documents I have had 340,000 pages of case documents from 1985 to date, they have now been catalogued and cross referenced and had we known what we now know I would never have been charged with murder, never prosecuted for murder, I would have won my first appeal in 1998, in 1991 my City of London Police Enquiry outcome would have been successful, the C3 Enquiry Home Office referral to the Court of Appeal in 1993 would have happened, the first CCRC application would have been successful in 1997/98, I would have won my 2002 appeal hearing, I would have won my 2004 European Court of Appeal hearing.   The CCRC would have sent my case back to the Court of Appeal on multiple issues between 2004 and 2012.

In truth had any of this material been properly disclosed at any time over the last 32 years I would never have remained in prison afterwards and certainly not since the 2002 appeal.   So much has come to light since 2002 and soon all that we know will come out and rightly so my conviction should be over turned.


Jeremy

Friday, 4 August 2017

Anniversary Tribute to the Bamber Family


It’s been 32 years since Jeremy lost his family in the tragedies at White House Farm. As a Campaign, every day we work towards justice and freedom for Jeremy. Through Jeremy we have come to know his family, this is because Jeremy frequently speaks so fondly of them.

Jeremy takes us into his memories by painting vivid pictures of the passionate interest in farming which he shared so closely with his father Nevill. We know how extremely proud he is of his mother’s brave achievements during the Second World War when she worked as a nurse and secretary assisting the Special Forces in Calcutta.

His love for Sheila shines through when he remembers her kind protectiveness over him as an elder sister. It is because of Jeremy’s recollections that we know of her talents as a storywriter and gifted letter writer. Her ethereal character came across in drawing and painting before she battled mental illness that eventually stripped her of her true personality.

He recalls how quickly his twin nephews Nicholas and Daniel grew into bright fun loving children, who enjoyed tractor rides and thanks to Jeremy and June, were developing a keen interest in wildlife, blackberry picking and farm animals.

The love for his family was so strong and an extremely big part of his life that we realise how large that gulf of grief must be.

Jeremy, in your grief we share,
in your love we share,
when we remember,
Nevill, June, Sheila, Nicholas and Daniel,

We honour their memory this day and always.

From Sarah, Trudi, Pat, Yvonne, Lorna, Heidi, Matt, Mike, and Philip - The Campaign Team. 

Monday, 19 June 2017

“Backspatter” and Malcolm Fletcher’s explanation for blood inside the silencer.

Today I would like to talk about the evidence relied upon at my trial regarding the issue of back spatter. Malcolm Fletcher was the prosecution ballistics expert who worked at Huntingdon Laboratory and forensically examined firearms exhibits related to my case. At my trial, Fletcher described to the court that, in his opinion Sheila’s blood entered the silencer from the contact wound to her neck through the process he referred to as 'back spatter'[i]. This, he concluded, led him to believe that the silencer was attached to the .22 rifle when Sheila received her wounds[ii].

During his testimony regarding this central issue, Malcolm Fletcher quoted from an article to support his argument, which was written by American scientists Stephens and Allen called ‘Backspatter of Blood’ written in 1982[iii]. These two scientists had not carried out their own experiments but simply quoted the results of those done by another scientist Dr Herbert Leon MacDonnell the founder of the Bloodstain Evidence Institute in America.[iv] However the experiments conducted in 1971 were not done using a .22 calibre rifle but a .38 revolver.

At my trial Fletcher gave testimony that he had never personally observed the phenomenon of backspatter, and that no one had ever observed backspatter of blood in a .22 calibre weapon, the calibre of the rifle used in the incident at White House Farm on 7th August 1985[v]. Fletcher also admitted he had not conducted any experiments to establish the possibility of backspatter, claiming that he had neither the facilities nor the equipment to conduct such tests, and when asked how much a silencer would reduce the emission pressures which were essential for backspatter to occur he informed the court that he had “No idea”[vi]. However, by its very nature the whole concept of a silencer is to significantly reduce the pressure and the velocity of gas which emerges from the muzzle.

In their article Stephens and Allen record that according to some experts backspatter of blood from gunshot wounds does not exist[vii]. They state a number of times that back spatter cannot be achieved from a fleshy part of the body and it appears that Malcolm Fletcher misinterpreted their comments. They wrote[viii]:
  • In our experience backwards spatter of blood occurs most commonly in association with contact gunshot wounds of the head. 
  • Back spatter rarely occurs in gunshot wounds of the abdomen and chest. 
  • Back spatter is not typically associated with wounds in which there is a potential space immediately underlying the entrance site. 
  • The accelerating force is the backwards stream of escaping gas trapped between the elastic skin and rigid skull. 

In the case of Sheila Caffell her two gunshot wounds were located in soft flesh directly below her chin on her neck. There is no hard surface beneath the wounds to support the expanding gas and therefore nothing to create back spatter[ix]. The trial jury had no other evidence put before them to account for how such a large quantity of blood came to be inside the silencer down to perhaps the 6th or 7th baffle plates[x]. Fletcher did however state that someone could have dripped the blood into the silencer as he informed the judge when asked how else blood could have entered the silencer to account for the quantity of blood found inside it: “There is only one I can think of and that somebody deliberately taking blood with a pipette and dripping it very carefully inside.[xi]

It has recently come to my attention that Dr Herbert Leon MacDonnell’s forensic work on which Fletcher based his testimony is now seriously undermined following his conviction for child sex offences in 2013. It is recorded that MacDonnell used his professional influence to prevent detection of these serious crimes and therefore the integrity of his research is certainly brought into question[xii].

Jeremy


[i] AH-06-08) Malcolm Fletcher (Transcript) PDF Page 78 at G and H and 79 at A


[ii] AH-06-08) Malcolm Fletcher (Transcript) PDF Page 102 at A


[iii] AH-06-08) Malcolm Fletcher (Transcript) PDF Page 102 at B, C and D and AH-06-08) Malcolm Fletcher (Transcript). PDF, Pg. 102 at C: “There is an article actually which I have a copy of from one of the journals”.


[iv] Legal Medicine Annual Appleton Century Crofts, New York 1971 PP 89-136) published in 1971.


[v] AH-06-08) Malcolm Fletcher (Transcript) PDF Page 104 at F: “Q. .22 back spattering, with a moderator, when have you seen that? A. I can’t recall having seen one before today.”


[vi] AH-06-08) Malcolm Fletcher (Transcript). PDF, Pg. 104 at B, C, D, E, F, G, H and page 105 at A: “How much is the emission pressure reduced by the moderator? A. I have no idea Q) Have you tested it? A) I don’t have the equipment and facilities to do that


Q) Have you sought others to test it for you? A) No Sir. Q) It is rather important isn’t it? A) You obviously consider it so (rather impertinent) Q) The .22 is the least likely candidate for a gun to produce back-spattering?


A) Yes Sir Q) And a moderator would make it more unlikely, make it less likely? A) Slightly less likely Q) To an extent which you have not tested? A) Correct. Q) Nor experienced? A) Nor experienced.”


[vii] Technical Note Stephens and Allen PDF Page 1 paragraph 1


[viii] Technical Note Stephens and Allen PDF.


[ix] This is supported by e mail correspondence with Expert Ballistics witness John Bloomfield dated 24.04.17.


[x] AH-06-08) Malcolm Fletcher (Transcript) PDF Page 108 at F


[xi] AH-06-08) Malcolm Fletcher (Transcript) PDF Page 122 at G; “There is only one that I can think of and that is somebody deliberately taking blood with a pipette and dripping it very carefully inside.”


[xii] Forensic Fraud Article MacDonnell dated 07.07.13

Friday, 31 March 2017

Jeremy's Easter Blog: "Memories from my Childhood"


I loved springtime on the farm. Early memories of the joys of spring are filled with instances of granddad Speakman. He loved daffodils, “Dafferdowndillies” as he called them to me.

I must have been about 7 or 8 years old when with a bottle of orange fizzy pop in hand, he’d take me around his daffodils. He loved to plant bulbs in his lawns making mowing the grass a nightmare but he’d also plant bulbs in the banks and the hedgerows around fields, and in fact any patch of land that he thought would be improved by a sea of yellow bobbing daffs. But they were not all standard yellow trumpeters; granddad would proudly show off his miniature daffs and special ones with frilly petals. He never liked the white ones much – it was yellow or nothing, except around white flowering shrubs when he would bend to a few white daffs. And from then on the sight of daffodils would remind me of granddad and thoughts of spring and the birds busy singing and making nests – birds in their fancy mating feathers iridescent in the sunlight.   

Early mornings were the best times for seeing wildlife on the farm. Mum’s favourite was stoats with their young – they were so incredibly long with their tiny legs at each corner that made them funny to look at. I liked Vixens with their cubs, whenever I got to see them they were always playing and yet I would have to keep the sighting secret to ensure that the gamekeeper didn’t get tipped off about them. I have always been a lifelong anti-fox hunting supporter – especially so as I was scared of horses up close as well.

So my love of springtime started with granddad and the swathes of daffodils he planted all over the place that just made springtime smile. Then with mum taking me out for walks in the early mornings to see the wildlife and hear all the birds singing with their new nests and broods of eggs, our crops would be starting to grow, trees beginning to turn green, flowers on the apple and pear trees.

I miss it of course, but my memories of spring are etched into my mind so deeply that closing my eyes with the spring sun on my face I can still recall granddad chuckle at the ‘tutting’ he’d make knowing, with a smile on his lips, the mayhem he caused where he had planted all his daffs knowing the banks couldn’t be mown, lawns driven on etc.

What with that and listening to larks singing their beautiful songs high up in the sky during a break and tilling the spring soil ready for sowing. I loved the springtime.

Jeremy

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