Friday, 12 January 2018

Jeremy's 33rd Birthday in Prison as an innocent man




Another birthday has almost arrived, my 33rd in prison, all because Essex Police, the Forensic Science Service (as once was) and many others chose the non-disclosure of thousands of pieces of case evidence in order to mount a prosecution for murder against me. But, it’s my birthday so I’m not going to talk any more about that here today. You will know that I absolutely love bite sized nuggets of wisdom. 

During the last year friends have sent to me a large number of these wise words and so I thought I would share a few with you.

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Chinese proverb

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Confucius

A great one from Mark Twain:
“Courage is not the absence of fear, it is acting in spite of it.”

And appropriately with the non-disclosure of the case evidence issues with some quotes from Arthur Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes:
“It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has all the data.”

Which connects well to:
“When you have eliminated all of the possibilities, the remaining, however improbable must be the truth.”

Which then connects well to:
“It must be confessed that circumstantial evidence can never be absolutely convincing, and that it is only the critical student of such cases who realises how often a damning chain of evidence may, by some slight change, be made to bear an entirely different interpretation.”

This year I am hoping for the best birthday present ever, confirmation from my legal team that we now have more than enough evidence for a successful appeal court hearing. Thank you for being patient over the last year, we have all worked really, really hard as a team to uncover brand new evidence. The final pieces of the jigsaw fell into place just a week before Christmas, which brought a smile to my face.

Now I can relax a little and my New Year’s resolution is to respond to all of the letters that I am sent as quickly as possible within days not weeks or months.

Thank you again

Jeremy.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Jeremy's Christmas and New Year Blog


Back in 1985 and every year since I could never have imagined that I would be spending my 33rd Christmas and New Year in jail convicted of crimes I am completely innocent of committing. The last year has however been an extremely productive and exciting one and I know that my freedom is now assured without question.

2017 saw massive and frequent developments in my case that reveal the whole of the truth of what happened and who was involved in my wrongful conviction. All their wicked acts of corruption and criminal activities that have been at the core of the case have now been uncovered and will soon be exposed at my forthcoming appeal.

During these 12 months by continuing to meticulously work through the disclosed material we have uncovered so much brand new evidence that completely blows the case out of the water. It has been hard work but at last we have the concrete evidence that binds everything together. The truth is even more shocking than I ever could have envisaged and it will all be in the public domain in the near future and on the desks of the Criminal Case Review Commission in the coming weeks.

The forensic reports my campaign team have obtained in the last 12 months are revealing and will make up part of the new submissions. I would like to thank all of the current scientists who are involved with evaluating the evidence and compiling the reports and for dedicating so much of their time to exposing the truth. I wish to extend special thanks to the experts who have and are working at cost or on a pro bono basis.

The disclosure issues are a factor which myself, my campaign team and our legal team are working tirelessly on. We will try every means possible to force Essex Police to comply with the court orders. Had you or I ignored court orders we would be in contempt and it amazes us all how Essex Police think they are above the law.  The recent case of the non- disclosure in the case of student Liam Allan  almost saw another miscarriage of justice case happen had it not been for the intervention of the Prosecution QC. Non-disclosure is key to so many wrongful convictions and we should fight to ensure that documents, which aid the defence, cannot be hidden any longer and reforms to the process are made as soon as possible. We will not stop our fight for the material until every piece of case paperwork has been disclosed and it excites me to think what other evidence of my innocence will emerge once we have access to everything.

I would like to thank my campaign team for their work in the last year not only on disclosure but in their quest to bring attention to the injustice of my case and for their dogged determination to see the truth gets into the public domain. Whether this be on web site pages, by daily tweeting, production of videos or by means of radio broadcasts and public appearances, they all work so very hard and I want to extend my thanks as always to them.

I would also like to thank all of the patrons and supporters who are always available to offer their help and to all of the kind people who have sent me their supportive messages throughout the year and have made donations for administration and forensic costs. Your generosity and kindness is truly appreciated and not only will help to see my freedom secured it is heart-warming that so many people care about the injustice I have to endure.

So as we stand on the dawn of a new year I will be excited to greet 2018 as I know that this will unquestionably be the year that I will achieve justice at long last. The submissions to the CCRC will occur early in the New Year and then we just have to be a little more patient while they absorb and act on the wealth of exculpatory evidence they are being presented with.  I will be home and I know I will see you all very soon.

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Jeremy

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Jeremy's Poems - Time is Not - to mark 15 years since Appeal



I’ve written a couple of poems inspired by Henry Van-Dyke as I like his sentiment in the original, but I think poem two regarding  our continued and daily struggle for justice is the most relevant - Jeremy.

Time is
Too slow for those who wait,
Too hurried for those who dread,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who celebrate,
But for those that are loved,
Time is not.


Time is
Too slow for those seeking justice,
Too rushed for those full of hope,
Too drawn out for Police disclosure,
Too quick when it comes to dismiss,
But with the truth, 
Time is not.

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

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