Lorraine Allen

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Lorraine Allen was convicted of manslaughter of her baby, Patrick. She called the GP after he had difficulty breathing and the GP concluded he was well. Later Allen could not wake Patrick up. She called an ambulance crew but they were unable to resucitate him and he died. The prosecution’s case was that the combination of symptoms was evidential of shaken baby syndrome. On appeal, a new body of evidence was introduced that showed that the symptoms were not necessarily evidence of a non accidental head injury and could have been caused in other ways.

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  • Offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Nottinghamshire 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: F
  • Years in prison: 1.3
  • Offence convicted of: Manslaughter
  • Year of crime: 1998
  • Year of initial conviction: 2000
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2005
  • Age when imprisoned: 31
  • CCRC Referral: N
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2005/1980.html
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining forensic science
  • Compensation: No
  • Link to compensation: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-derbyshire-23282695
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Unknown