Judith Ward

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Judith Ward was convicted of murder for a number of bombings. She confessed to the murder, and evidence forensic science evidence was introduced to support her conviction. On appeal, evidence cast doubt on the reliability of her confession – she suffered from a personality disorder and had changed the confession several times and the prosecution had selected parts of her statements to construct a plausible version. Forensic science evidence from the original trial was also discredited. It was found that scientists had failed to disclose evidence, that some of their results were valueless and that many of their conclusions were demonstrably wrong.On that basis the Court of Appeal concluded that there was a material irregularity in the first trial, and the conviction was quashed.

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Unknown 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: F
  • Years in prison: 18
  • Offence convicted of: Murder
  • Year of crime: 1974
  • Year of initial conviction: 1974
  • Year conviction was overturned: 1992
  • Age when imprisoned: 25
  • CCRC Referral: N
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: http://netk.net.au/UK/Ward1.asp
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining forensic science, Evidence undermining the reliability of a confession
  • Compensation: Yes
  • Link to compensation: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/1998-02-05/debates/5a9b339e-469a-4002-bd4a-110ad63bb6a4/JudithWard
  • Crown argued case at CofA: No
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: None