James Martin

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James Martin was one of eight co-defendants convicted of falsely imprisoning an IRA member who was a British informant, for two days in January 1990. Convictions were based on testimony of three prosecution witnesses that were found to be unreliable. There was also non-disclosed evidence that the appeals court ruled would have had a significant effect on the trial outcome and would have almost certainly led to acquittal.

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  • Offence: Other
  • Jurisdiction: Northern Ireland
  • County: Unknown 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 17
  • Offence convicted of: False imprisonment
  • Year of crime: 1990
  • Year of initial conviction: 1991
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2008
  • Age when imprisoned: Unknown
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: Y
  • Link to full case: Not available
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence relating to the reliability of witness testimony
  • Compensation: Yes
  • Link to compensation: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ira-eight-win-payout-over-double-agent-link-j2xsfj6dc6h
  • Crown argued case at CofA: No
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: None