Michelle Taylor

Years in prison:
1
Year of crime:
1991
Year conviction was overturned:
1993

Lisa and Michelle Taylor were convicted of the murder of Alison O’Shaughnessy. Alison’s husband, John, had been having an affair with Michelle. Michele and Lisa were reportedly seen at a clinic four miles from Alison’s home at 6pm on the day of the murder. A witness, Dr. Michael Unsworth-White, claimed he had seen Lisa and Michelle running down the steps from O’Shaughnessy’s house at 5.45pm. There was also evidence from Michele’s diary where she had written “my dream solution would be for Alison to disappear, as if she never existed.” Forensic evidence was also introduced, including a blood stain inside one of the defendant’s jackets. At appeal it transpired that the police had suppressed evidence making clear that key witnesses, including Dr. Unsworth-White had altered their accounts (e.g. from them being white women to one being black and walking rather than running from the house). There were also doubts raised about the reliability of forensic evidence, and it was found that the press influenced the jury decision.

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: London 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: F
  • Years in prison: 1
  • Offence convicted of: Murder
  • Year of crime: 1991
  • Year of initial conviction: 1992
  • Year conviction was overturned: 1993
  • Age when imprisoned: 20
  • CCRC Referral: N
  • Tried with others: Y
  • Link to full case: Not available
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence relating to the reliability of witness testimony, Evidence casting doubt on the integrity of police, Evidence undermining forensic science
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: Unknown
  • Previous appeals: Unknown