Michael Ray Thomas

Years in prison:
5
Year of crime:
1993
Year conviction was overturned:
2003

Michael Ray Thomas was arrested as part of an armed raid on a bookmakers. During the raid the appellant was found inside and was arrested. He argued it was not him as he had only gone to look at odds for a football match. On appeal, the conviction was quashed due to the heavy reliance of the prosecution case on evidence from police officers (who gave evidence of what they had seen during the course of the robbery) who had been found to be corrupt.

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  • Offence: Robbery / burglary
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: London 
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 5
  • Offence convicted of: Robbery, possessing a firearm, breach of a probation order
  • Year of crime: 1993
  • Year of initial conviction: 1994
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2003
  • Age when imprisoned: Unknown
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2003/1555.html
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence casting doubt on the integrity of police
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful application for leave to appeal in 1994