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Forensic Evidence Related Miscarriages of Justice in the UK

Total cases:
75
Years lost:
525
Average years lost:
7
1
John Preece
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 8
Year of crime: 1972
Year of initial conviction: 1972
Year conviction overturned: 1981
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1972
2
Andrew Evans
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 25
Year of crime: 1972
Year of initial conviction: 1973
Year conviction overturned: 1997
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Stephen Downing
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 27
Year of crime: 1973
Year of initial conviction: 1973
Year conviction overturned: 1974
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1973
1
Judith Ward
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 18
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1974
Year conviction overturned: 1992
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1974
7
Paddy Hill
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 16
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1975
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Gerry Hunter
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 16
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1975
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Johnny Walker
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 16
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1975
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Hugh Callaghan
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 16
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1975
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Billy Power
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 16
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1975
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Richard McIIkenny
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 16
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1975
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Patrick Nicholls
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 23
Year of crime: 1975
Year of initial conviction: 1975
Year conviction overturned: 1998
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1975
7
Anne Maguire
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 14
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1976
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Patrick Snr Maguire
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 14
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1976
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Patrick Jnr Maguire
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 4
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1976
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Vincent Maguire
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 5
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1976
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Sean Smyth
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 12
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1976
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Patrick O’Neil
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 8
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1976
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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Patrick Conlon
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 4
Year of crime: 1974
Year of initial conviction: 1976
Year conviction overturned: 1991
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1976
1
Andrew Smith
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 22
Year of crime: 1976
Year of initial conviction: 1977
Year conviction overturned: 2000
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1977
1978
1979
1980
1
Colin Wallace
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 6
Year of crime: 1980
Year of initial conviction: 1981
Year conviction overturned: 1996
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1981
1
Raymond Gilmour
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 21
Year of crime: 1981
Year of initial conviction: 1982
Year conviction overturned: 2007
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1982
1983
1984
2
George McPhee
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 18
Year of crime: 1985
Year of initial conviction: 1985
Year conviction overturned: 2005
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Hassan Assali
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 7
Year of crime: 1983
Year of initial conviction: 1985
Year conviction overturned: 2005
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1985
1986
1
Gilbert (Danny) McNamee
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 11
Year of crime: 1982
Year of initial conviction: 1987
Year conviction overturned: 1998
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1987
2
Michael Shirley
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 16
Year of crime: 1986
Year of initial conviction: 1988
Year conviction overturned: 2003
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Jacqueline Fletcher
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 4
Year of crime: 1984
Year of initial conviction: 1988
Year conviction overturned: 1992
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1988
1
Brian Kelly
Most serious offence: Sexual offences
Years in prison: 4
Year of crime: 1987
Year of initial conviction: 1989
Year conviction overturned: 2004
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1989
1
Reginald F
Most serious offence: Sexual offences
Years in prison: 9
Year of crime: Unknown
Year of initial conviction: 1990
Year conviction overturned: 2002
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1990
2
Kevin Callan
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 4
Year of crime: 1990
Year of initial conviction: 1991
Year conviction overturned: 1995
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Christy Walsh
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 14
Year of crime: 1991
Year of initial conviction: 1991
Year conviction overturned: 2010
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1991
2
Lisa Taylor
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 1
Year of crime: 1991
Year of initial conviction: 1992
Year conviction overturned: 1993
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Michelle Taylor
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 1
Year of crime: 1991
Year of initial conviction: 1992
Year conviction overturned: 1993
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1992
1993
1994
1
Richard Karling
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 5
Year of crime: 1995
Year of initial conviction: 1995
Year conviction overturned: 2001
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1995
2
Amanda Jenkinson
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 4.92
Year of crime: 1993
Year of initial conviction: 1996
Year conviction overturned: 2005
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Kevin John Brown
Most serious offence: Sexual offences
Years in prison: 7
Year of crime: 1995
Year of initial conviction: 1996
Year conviction overturned: 2003
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1996
4
Anthony O’Doherty
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 4
Year of crime: 1995
Year of initial conviction: 1997
Year conviction overturned: 2002
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David Asbury
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 3.5
Year of crime: 1997
Year of initial conviction: 1997
Year conviction overturned: 2002
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Joseph Otoo
Most serious offence: Robbery / burglary
Years in prison: 3
Year of crime: 1995
Year of initial conviction: 1997
Year conviction overturned: 2000
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Colin John C
Most serious offence: Sexual offences
Years in prison: Unknown
Year of crime: 1996-1997
Year of initial conviction: 1997
Year conviction overturned: 2010
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1997
6
Serena Kayretli
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 2
Year of crime: 1996
Year of initial conviction: 1998
Year conviction overturned: 2000
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Veydat Kayretli
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 2
Year of crime: 1996
Year of initial conviction: 1998
Year conviction overturned: 2000
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Mark Dallagher
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 6
Year of crime: 1996
Year of initial conviction: 1998
Year conviction overturned: 2002
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Donna Anthony
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 6
Year of crime: 1996, 1997
Year of initial conviction: 1998
Year conviction overturned: 2005
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Michael Byrne
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 8
Year of crime: 1996
Year of initial conviction: 1998
Year conviction overturned: 2006
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Sion Jenkins
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 6
Year of crime: 1997
Year of initial conviction: 1998
Year conviction overturned: 2004
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1998
2
Ian Faulder
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 2.5
Year of crime: 1998
Year of initial conviction: 1999
Year conviction overturned: 2005
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Sally Clark
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 3
Year of crime: 1996, 1998
Year of initial conviction: 1999
Year conviction overturned: 2003
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1999
4
Lorraine Allen
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 1.3
Year of crime: 1998
Year of initial conviction: 2000
Year conviction overturned: 2005
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Lorraine Harris
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 1.5
Year of crime: 1999
Year of initial conviction: 2000
Year conviction overturned: 2005
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Julie Ferris
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 2
Year of crime: Unknown
Year of initial conviction: 2000
Year conviction overturned: 2003
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Aaron Bacchus
Most serious offence: Robbery / burglary
Years in prison: 4
Year of crime: 1999
Year of initial conviction: 2000
Year conviction overturned: 2004
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2000
3
Barry George
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 7
Year of crime: 1999
Year of initial conviction: 2001
Year conviction overturned: 2008
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Mark Kempster
Most serious offence: Robbery / burglary
Year of crime: 2000
Year of initial conviction: 2001
Year conviction overturned: 2008
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Kenneth Samuels
Most serious offence: Sexual offences
Years in prison: 6
Year of crime: Unknown
Year of initial conviction: 2001
Year conviction overturned: 2007
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2001
7
Angela Cannings
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 1.5
Year of crime: 1991, 1999
Year of initial conviction: 2002
Year conviction overturned: 2003
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Margaret Smith
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 1
Year of crime: 1994
Year of initial conviction: 2002
Year conviction overturned: 2004
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Dwaine Simeon George
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 12
Year of crime: 2001
Year of initial conviction: 2002
Year conviction overturned: 2014
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Barri White
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 6
Year of crime: 2000
Year of initial conviction: 2002
Year conviction overturned: 2008
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Steven Puaca
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 3
Year of crime: 2002
Year of initial conviction: 2002
Year conviction overturned: 2005
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Keith Hyatt
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 2.5
Year of crime: 2000
Year of initial conviction: 2002
Year conviction overturned: 2007
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Christopher Scott P
Most serious offence: Sexual offences
Years in prison: 2
Year of crime: 2001
Year of initial conviction: 2002
Year conviction overturned: 2004
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2002
1
Barry Campbell
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 5
Year of crime: 2002
Year of initial conviction: 2003
Year conviction overturned: 2008
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2003
2004
4
Angela Gay
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 1.25
Year of crime: 2002
Year of initial conviction: 2005
Year conviction overturned: 2007
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Ian Gay
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Years in prison: 1.25
Year of crime: 2002
Year of initial conviction: 2005
Year conviction overturned: 2007
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Suzanne Holdsworth
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 3
Year of crime: 2004
Year of initial conviction: 2005
Year conviction overturned: 2008
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Mr A
Most serious offence: Sexual offences
Years in prison: 0.67
Year of crime: Unknown
Year of initial conviction: 2005
Year conviction overturned: 2006
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2005
1
Sirfraze Ahmed
Most serious offence: Robbery / burglary
Years in prison: 0.67
Year of crime: 2004
Year of initial conviction: 2006
Year conviction overturned: 2007
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2006
1
Amilton-Nicolas Bento
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 2
Year of crime: 2005
Year of initial conviction: 2007
Year conviction overturned: 2009
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2007
2
Thomas Smart
Most serious offence: Other
Year of crime: 2008
Year of initial conviction: 2008
Year conviction overturned: 2009
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Gareth Jones
Most serious offence: Sexual offences
Years in prison: 3.5
Year of crime: 2007
Year of initial conviction: 2008
Year conviction overturned: 2018
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2008
1
Claire Thompson
Most serious offence: Manslaughter / non-fatal offence against the person
Year of crime: Unknown
Year of initial conviction: 2009
Year conviction overturned: 2011
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2009
2010
1
Kimberley Hainey
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 2
Year of crime: 2010
Year of initial conviction: 2011
Year conviction overturned: 2013
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2011
1
Brian Shivers
Most serious offence: Murder
Years in prison: 1
Year of crime: 2009
Year of initial conviction: 2012
Year conviction overturned: 2013
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2012
2013
1
David Dunbar
Most serious offence: Drugs offences
Years in prison: 0.75
Year of crime: 2014
Year of initial conviction: 2014
Year conviction overturned: 2015
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2014
1
Jodie Rana
Most serious offence: Other
Years in prison: 2.5
Year of crime: 2014
Year of initial conviction: 2015
Year conviction overturned: 2018
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2015
Year of initial conviction
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Illustrative cases from the UK