Sally Clark

Years in prison:
3
Year of crime:
1996, 1998
Year conviction was overturned:
2003

Sally Clark was convicted of the murder of her two infant sons. Her first child had fallen unconscious after being put to bed and her second son was found dead. Clark was home alone with the baby and there was evidence of trauma. The prosecution presented evidence from paediatrician Roy Meadow who claimed the chance of two children from an affluent family suffering cot death was 1 in 73 million. On the second appeal that it was shown the statistics from Dr. Meadow were incorrect and this happens much more frequently than suggested by the figure. It was also revealed that medical evidence about blood tests was not disclosed, specifically that one of the babies had potentially toxic bacteria in his body.

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Essex 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: F
  • Years in prison: 3
  • Offence convicted of: Double Murder
  • Year of crime: 1996, 1998
  • Year of initial conviction: 1999
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2003
  • Age when imprisoned: 35
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2003/1020.html
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence undermining forensic science
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful appeal in 2000