Ernest Bond

Years in prison:
Year of crime:
1987 - 1994
Year conviction was overturned:

Ernest Bond was convicted of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and indecent assault in relating to sexual abuse of two young girls. The girls were who were the daughters of a co-defendant at trial, but were living with their mother and another co-defendant during the period of abuse. The main question at trial was not whether the abuse had happened, but which individuals were responsible. On appeal, the credibility of one of the girls was brought into question. In a post-trial interview she had made substantial further allegations such that there were now 20 people involved. The post-trial interview contained copious material that was inconsistent with previous allegations, and the width of allegations and number of persons and incidents alleged to be involved raised a possibility the complainant was confabulating in relation fo various incidents and identities. The interview also transformed the role of the complainant’s mother into someone actively involved in the abuse. The court noted that if those allegations had come to light at trial the Crown might have prosecuted others who were clearly identified, which would have given the defendants greater opportunity to suggest the allegations were false, or alternatively the Crown might have chosen not to prosecute which would have been material to whether the allegations were reliable. On this basis Bond’s appeal and the appeals of two other appellants were allowed.

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  • Offence: Sexual offences
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Kent 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 6
  • Offence convicted of: Indecent assault; conspiracy to commit IA
  • Year of crime: 1987 - 1994
  • Year of initial conviction: 1996
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2003
  • Age when imprisoned: 57
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: Unknown
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  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence relating to the reliability of complainant testimony
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Yes
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful application for leave to appeal in 1996 (out of time)