William Mills

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Year of crime:
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William Mills was convicted of robbery of a Royal Bank of Scotland branch. Two policemen identified him from CCTV stills and two witnesses picked him out at an identity parade. His conviction was quashed when DNA evidence found on a door stopped linked a convicted bank robber, Michael Absalom, to the crime. On appeal, Lord Gill stated: “this was a prosecution that stood or fell by eyewitness identification alone…that is a form of proof that has been shown to be, in some cases, a dangerous basis for a prosecution.”

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  • Offence: Robbery / burglary
  • Jurisdiction: Scotland
  • County: Lanarkshire 
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 2
  • Offence convicted of: Robbery
  • Year of crime: 2007
  • Year of initial conviction: 2007
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2009
  • Affirmative evidence of innocence: Y
  • Age when imprisoned: 40
  • CCRC Referral: N
  • Tried with others: N
  • Link to full case: Not available
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: DNA evidence
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Unknown
  • Retrial: Unknown
  • Previous appeals: Unsuccessful appeal