Martin Foran

Years in prison:
18
Year of crime:
1977, 1984
Year conviction was overturned:
2014, 2012

Martin Foran was convicted of two separate robberies, on the basis of confessions and witness testimony. In both cases, the convictions depended on the reliability of police evidence, which was cast in doubt by other wrongdoing of the West Midlands Police Serious Crime Squad.

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  • Offence: Robbery / burglary
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Birmingham 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 18
  • Offence convicted of: Robbery
  • Year of crime: 1977, 1984
  • Year of initial conviction: 1977, 1986
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2014, 2012
  • Age when imprisoned: 33, 42
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2014/2047.html; https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2013/437.html
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining the reliability of a confession, Evidence casting doubt on the integrity of police
  • Compensation: No
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Yes
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Two unsuccessful appeals