Robert Clarke

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Robert Clark and Christopher Drury were police officers and were convicted of taking property from drug dealers and recycling narcotics. The evidence against them came from Clark’s informant, Evelyn Fleckney who agreed to assist the police in relation to her corrupt activity with Clark, a police officer who had pled guilty to a number of offences and agreed to assist the complaints investigation branch, and the criminals whose property was stolen and their associates who had witnessed money or drugs being taken. On appeal, it was accepted that there had been substantial non-disclosure by the Crown. The court found that the convictions could not be found to be safe in light of the non-disclosure of evidence relevant to the credibility of the prosecution witnesses in the case.

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  • Offence: Drugs offences
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Greater London 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 10
  • Offence convicted of: Conspiracy to supply drugs; perverting course of justice
  • Year of crime: 1996
  • Year of initial conviction: 2000
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2010
  • Age when imprisoned: 39
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: Y
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  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence relating to the reliability of witness testimony
  • Compensation: No
  • Link to compensation:
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: Yes
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful appeal in 2001, unsuccessful application to the CCRC in 2001, refused permission to appeal to the House of Lords in 2002, European Court of Human Rights declared application inadmissible in 2003