Robert Hindes

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Robert Hindes was convicted of murder and possession of firearms, relating to murder on behalf of a loyalist parliamentary gang. Hindes, aged 14 at the time, was interviewed 11 times in three days and was denied the support of his parents or a solicitor until the seventh interview, when his father was present as he confessed. On appeal, a report was introduced that noted contradictions in the versions of events given by Hindes and his co-defendant and inconsistencies between their accounts and forensic evidence obtained at the scene. The report also noted that sensitive information tending to exclupate Hindes and his co-defendnt (suggesting they were not involved with the organisation the murder was believed to have been carried out on behalf of) was not disclosed to the defence. In addition, evidence was introduced from an educational psychologist who expressed concern at Hindes’s ability to deal with a complex situation and questioning without adult help. A consultant psychologist found his co-defendant was abnormally suggestible. Having regard to all of the evidence available, the court concluded that they could not regard the convictions of Hind and his co-defendant as safe, and quashed the convictions.

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: Northern Ireland
  • County: Unknown 
  • Ethnicity: Unknown
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 9
  • Offence convicted of: Murder; possession of firearms
  • Year of crime: 1976
  • Year of initial conviction: 1977
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2005
  • Age when imprisoned: 15
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: Y
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  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining the reliability of a confession, Evidence casting doubt on the integrity of police
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: No
  • Retrial: No