Albert James

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Albert James was convicted of robbery and murder of Charles Pelham. Pelham, part of a travelling family, was shot twice when he went out to see his dog. Two co-defendants, Johnson and Hall had entered the yard with the intention of robbing the Pelham’s. The prosecution alleged that James was involved in the plan through supplying information about the Pelham family, and the shotgun. The key evidence against James was confessions he made at interview. On appeal, it was found that breaches of PACE meant these interviews should have been excluded as evidence. They were unreliable and James had been refused a solicitor. On that basis the conviction was quashed.

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  • Offence: Murder Robbery / burglary
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Berkshire 
  • Ethnicity: Unknown
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 15
  • Offence convicted of: Murder; Conspiracy to rob
  • Year of crime: 1986
  • Year of initial conviction: 1986
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2004
  • Age when imprisoned: Unknown
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: Y
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  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining the reliability of a confession
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: No
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful applications for leave to appeal