John Roberts

Years in prison:
15
Year of crime:
1982
Year conviction was overturned:
1998

John Roberts was found guilty of the fatal shooting of Daniel Sands, whose body was discovered after he had been missing for 18 months. John had confessed to the murder, but new psychiatric evidence suggested that he made the confession when he was in a fragile, vulnerable, and suggestible mental condition, and that he tended to be compliant with people in authority. On this basis, the three appeal judges ruled that his confession should never been used as evidence and quashed the conviction.

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: (West Mercia) 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 15
  • Offence convicted of: Murder
  • Year of crime: 1982
  • Year of initial conviction: 1983
  • Year conviction was overturned: 1998
  • Age when imprisoned: 19
  • CCRC Referral: N
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: Not available
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining the reliability of a confession
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: Unknown
  • Previous appeals: Dismissed appeal in 1984