Trevor Campbell

Years in prison:
Year of crime:
June 1984
Year conviction was overturned:

Trevor Campbell was found guilty or the murder of Ethel Cawood, an 84 year old widow who was killed by stabbing. The main basis of the conviction was a signed confession which he claimed was false and made as the result of threats and an assault. He later recanted the confession. His appeal was allowed on the basis of evidence throwing “severe doubt” on the honesty and professional integrity of police officers.

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: West Midlands 
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 14
  • Offence convicted of: Murder
  • Year of crime: June 1984
  • Year of initial conviction: 1985
  • Year conviction was overturned: 1999
  • Age when imprisoned: 21
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Tried with others: Y
  • Link to full case: Not available
  • 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: Yes
  • Retrial: Yes
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful appeal in 1986