Keith Hyatt

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Keith Hyatt was convicted of perverting the course of justice for allegedly helping to dispose of the body of a murder victim named Rachel Manning, said to have been killed by his friend Barri White. The most important evidence against Hyatt and White came from an expert who said that he had extremely strong evidence that the victim had sat in the front of Hyatt’s van. He said a combination of rare particles had been found trapped in the victim’s skirt and on Keith Hyatt’s seat. On appeal, evidence was presented to show that the particles could have come from anywhere, particularly as Barri, Keith and Rachel all smoked. This evidence led to Hyatt and White’s conviction being quashed. DNA evidence later proved the person really guilty of the murder was Shahidul Ahmed, who has now been convicted.

Inside Justice have produced a documentary about this case, available here.

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  • Offence: Other
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Buckinghamshire 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 2.5
  • Offence convicted of: Perverting the course of justice
  • Year of crime: 2000
  • Year of initial conviction: 2002
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2007
  • Affirmative evidence of innocence: Y
  • Age when imprisoned: Unknown
  • CCRC Referral: N
  • Tried with others: Y
  • Link to full case: Not available
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining forensic science
  • Compensation: Yes
  • Link to compensation:
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Unknown