Michael Holliday

Years in prison:
NA (concurrent sentence)
Year of crime:
Year conviction was overturned:

Michael Holliday was convicted of robbery, after pleading guilty to a robbery of a security vehicle at Mirza Travel in Lumb Lane in February 1995. He claimed he confessed while under the influence of drugs and pled guilty on the advice of his lawyer. On appeal, clear evidence was presented that somebody else committed the offence, and evidence showed that admissions made by Holliday were not reliable (e.g. details he gave in the admissions were wrong). The court described evidence of unsafety as “very strong indeed.” The appeal was therefore allowed (although an appeal in respect of another conviction was not allowed).

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  • Offence: Robbery / burglary
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: West Yorkshire 
  • Ethnicity: Unknown
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: NA (concurrent sentence)
  • Offence convicted of: Robbery (x2)
  • Year of crime: 1995
  • Year of initial conviction: 1996
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2005
  • Affirmative evidence of innocence: Y
  • Age when imprisoned: 37
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2005/2388.html
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining the reliability of a confession, Other
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: Unknown
  • Previous appeals: Unknown