Michael Dunne

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Michael Dunne was convicted on three counts of robbery and two counts of conspiracy to rob. Two participating supergrass witnesses (Morgan and Mackay), having previously pled guilty, gave evidence against Dunne. At trial, evidence from these co-defendants and lies said to have been told during a police interview were relied on. Dunne claimed his co-defendants were lying and that the police had it in for him due to his existing criminal record (which included a murder charge of which he had been acquitted). He said he had nothing to do with the robberies and challenged the lies attributed to him by the police. of a post office and conspiracy to commit robbery. On appeal, evidence showed that police officers involved in the investigation had been discredited and that evidebce of “supergrass” witnesses was tainted by reason of close contact with officers who could no longer be regarded as credible. On this basis Dunne’s appeal, and related appeals of other applicants, were allowed.

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  • Offence: Robbery / burglary
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: West Midlands 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 15
  • Offence convicted of: Robbery; conspiracy to commit robbry
  • Year of crime: Unknown
  • Year of initial conviction: 1983
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2001
  • Age when imprisoned: Unknown
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2001/169.html
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining the reliability of a confession, Evidence casting doubt on the integrity of police
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Yes
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful application for leave to appeal in 1984