Anthony Poole

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Tony Poole and Gary Mills were convicted of murder for the fatal stabbing of Hensley Wiltshire. Their convictions were quashed on the basis of the unreliability of witness testimony (evidence came to light suggesting one of the witnesses had lied, and also that the prosecution failed to disclose evidence that would have undermined that witness’s testimony), and a detectives misleading hearsay summary relating to evidence from another witness.

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Bristol 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 13
  • Offence convicted of: Murder
  • Year of crime: 1989
  • Year of initial conviction: 1990
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2003
  • Age when imprisoned: 28
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: Y
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  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence relating to the reliability of witness testimony, Evidence casting doubt on the integrity of police
  • Compensation: Yes
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  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: Unknown
  • Previous appeals: Appeal dismissed (but time extention granted) in 1996; appeal dismissed by House of Lords in 1997; CCRC declined to make referral in 2000, judicial review of CCRC decision dismissed by the Divisional Court in 2001 but Court concludes that the "Court of Appeal could now have doubt about the safety of the convictions."