Alexander Peppernell

Years in prison:
1
Year of crime:
1980-1990
Year conviction was overturned:
2009

Alexander Peppernell was convicted of several counts of indecent assault and causing a child to commit an act of gross indecency follwing allegations made against him many years after the alleged offences. The daughter of a close friend of Peppernell’s wife alleged that when she and Peppernell’s daughter were in bed, Peppernell would go into their bedroom and assault her on the pretence of telling bedtime stories. A daughter of Peppernell’s friend alleged Peppernell had assaulted her. On appeal, evidence was introduced from a new witness that she had heard one of the complainants trying to persuade the other to accuse Peppernall. The witness got the impression she wanted the other girl to back her up. The Court of Appeal found that the convictions were unsafe on the basis that this new evidence, if given at trial, might reasonably have affected the jury’s decision to convict Peppernell. No retrial was ordered due to the age and infirmity of Peppernell.

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  • Offence: Sexual offences
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Caerphilly 
  • Ethnicity: Unknown
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 1
  • Offence convicted of: Indecent assault (5 counts), inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency (3 counts)
  • Year of crime: 1980-1990
  • Year of initial conviction: 2008
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2009
  • Age when imprisoned: Unknown
  • CCRC Referral: N
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2009/1327.html
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Other
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Yes
  • Retrial: No