Peter Fell

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Peter Fell was convicted of the double murder of Ann Lee and Margaret Johnson who were killed while out walking their dogs. Following the murder, he made a call to 999 confessing. He also made several other admissions during police interviews, where he was not allowed a solicitor. He was convicted primarily based on these admissions. He later stated that he had made the story up because he wanted to “be somebody.” On appeal, evidence from experts, including an expert instructed by the Crown, showed that these admissions were unreliable. In addition, it was found that the Crown did not disclose facts relating to eyewitness testimony that may have undermined that testimony (e.g. that one witness had identified various persons as being persons he recognised). The court found that without the admissions (which were described as false confessions) the case would not have been fit to go before a jury, and quashed the conviction.

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Hampshire 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 17
  • Offence convicted of: Double Murder
  • Year of crime: 1982
  • Year of initial conviction: 1984
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2001
  • Age when imprisoned: 23
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: N
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  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining the reliability of a confession. Evidence relating to the reliability of witness testimony
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Yes
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful appeal in 1985.