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Some of the cases supported by INNOCENT
Susan May
Tony Dickinson
Chris Danks
Andrew Pountley
David Ashberry
Steven Johnston
Steven Taylor
Howard Hughes
Derek Christian
Graham Huckerby
John Taft

Wesley Porter

Wesley Porter, from Liverpool, was convicted of murder because he borrowed a car and because someone who did commit a murder called him on his mobile.

Confused? Outraged? So are we!

Click here for link to dedicated Wesley Porter website

Click here to read more about Wesley's case - yet another unbelievable conviction resulting from the law of joint enterprise.

Read more about this iniquitous law - click here

Susan May
Sue May with her granddaughterConvicted on purely circumstantial evidence of the flimsiest nature, Susan May was the person who cared most for her 89-year-old blind aunt, who was, in all probability, the victim of a bungled burglary. Imprisoned in 1993, Sue's case was referred back to the court of appeal by the CCRC in late 1999. Her appeal was dismissed in Decemer 2001.
The Friends of Susan May campaign has established the new website Susan May - Inside and Innocent presenting the case in full detail.
Numerous newspaper articles on the case are also reprinted at this site. Please refer to the separate page Susan May

Susan was released from prison on 26 April 2005. She is continuing to fight to clear her name.

Andrew Pountley
Andy PountleyAndrew Pountley was convicted of a heinous crime on the strength of seemingly solid testimony and evidence. Looking deeper, however, we see that not only was some of this evidence flawed, but that Andrew's defence was never presented properly either. Andy consistently maintained his innocence. Please refer to the separate page for more details - Andy Pountley

We are very sorry to have to announce that Andrew died of natural causes in his cell in Frankland Prison on Thursday 28 April 2005, aged 40.

INNOCENT will continue to work with his family to clear his name. Please read the page about Andrew's case.

Andrew's funeral took place on Thursday 12 May at St. Paul's Church, Royton, Oldham. Supporters of Andrew's campaign to prove his innocence who attended the funeral wore INNOCENT sweatshirts at the request of his family.

Andrew was buried in Hollinwood Cemetery, Lyme Side Road, Hollinwood, Oldham.

Donations in memory of Andrew will be used to establish a fund to assist with the fight to clear Andrew's name and with the cases of innocent people who have been wrongly convicted of serious crimes. Cheques should be made out to "Innocent Trust" (address on contacts page).

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor was convicted in 1994 of murder on the basis of flimsy on the strength of a statements made by the family members of his co accused, that he had "admitted" the murder to them. By putting all the blame on Steven, the co-accused, James Houlihan, avoided being convicted of murder.

Steven's case was rejected by the CCRC in January 2001, despite a complaint by INNOCENT about the conduct of the CCRC's investigation being upheld.

Please refer to the separate page for more details - Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor

Brian Parsons
Brian Parsons  Brian Parsons was convicted in 1988 of the murder of Ivy Batten in Devon. The evidence against Brian was barely non-existent, and that which did exist was of very dubious provenance. Brian's case was referred back to the court of appeal by the CCRC in 1998. The appeal was rejected in December 1999. Please refer to the separate page for more details - Brian Parsons

David Ashberry, known as G Rok
David Ashberry was convicted of murder in 1998. He is the victim of a typical form of miscarriage of justice - the one where the prosecution witness(es) might not quite be telling the truth. Please refer to the separate page for more details - David Ashberry, known as G Rok

Howard Hughes
Howard Hughes was convicted in 1996 of the brutal rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Wales. There was - and still is - nothing other than circumstantial evidence to link Howard Hughes to this crime. His subsequent appeal was refused, and his case is now with the CCRC.Please refer to the separate page for more details - Howard Hughes

Derek Christian

Derek ChristianDerek Christian was convicted in 1997 of the cold-blooded murder of a 66-year-old woman in broad daylight. Why is Derek Christian, who - by the police's own evidence - had a "pronounced" goatee 3 days after the murder, serving a life sentence for a crime committed by a man described as "clean-shaven" by the eye-witnesses?

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Steven Johnston

Steven JohnstonConvicted of murder despite the fact the victim had been seen alive and well after the murder is alleged to have taken place. Unfortunately the court was never told this - the police had seen fit not to pass on this vital information to either the prosecution or the defence.

Following a reference by the Scottish CCRC, Steven's conviction has now been overturned and he is free.

Please refer to the separate page for more details - Steven Johnston

John Taft

John Taft, June 2000Cynthia Bolshaw’s naked body was found in a bath of water on the morning of 9 October 1983. John Taft was arrested in April 1999, and subsequently convicted of the murder at Liverpool Crown Court, in November 1999.

New evidence could free man jailed for 'beauty in bath' murder 5 November 2009, by Russell Jenkins

Police forensic files, "lost" at the time of the trial, suggest time of death was much later than stated at trial. Taft's solicitor, David Kirwan, said: "Fundamental mistakes were made both before and during the trial, which meant that a lot of vital evidence was simply not presented to the jury. Having reviewed the case, it is clear that the police, lawyers and forensic science teams were responsible for a catalogue of blunders which may have led to the conviction of an innocent man.”

Click here to r ead a thorough article on this case in
by Geoffrey Wansell and Liz Hull 14 November 2009

The Justice for John Taft website, which was set up by John’s wife Susan, and his sister Liz, seeks to demonstrate through a review of the evidence presented at court that John did not commit the murder and should have been acquitted of this crime. They maintain that in looking at the evidence, it is clear that John is an innocent man who was convicted on purely circumstantial evidence and speculation.

Please refer to the separate site for more details - Justice for John Taft

Denial - a one sided affair : article by John Taft shows that by refusing parole to prisoners maintaining innocence, the Prison Service unfairly penalises the most law-abiding inmates

Graham Huckerby

Graham Huckerby is guilty - of saving another man's life. Faced with the choice (at gunpoint!) of allowing his colleague to be shot by armed robbers or letting them onto the security van he was driving, he did what he had been trained to do. Namely to comply with the robbers' demands. This choice was construed by the police as an indication that he was the 'inside man' on the robbery.
Graham's appeal in 2004 was successful and he is now free. The prosecution is not seeking a retrial.
Please refer to the separate page for more details - Graham Huckerby

Graham's co-accused, Shay Power, also had his conviction overturned. Sadly he died following an accident, at the end of 2005.

Chris Danks

Chris Danks was convicted of murder in 1984. Chris has consistently denied committing the murder, which happened in the course of a pub brawl.

Chris was released from prison just before Christmas 2005, long after the end of his earliest release date, or "tariff", because he has always maintained his innocence (see related article In denial). Please refer to the separate page for more details - Chris Danks.

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Clare Barstow

Clare returned home one evening to find the person she was employed to care for dead. In shock she did nothing for several hours. This is why she was convicted ... read more - Clare Barstow

Darren Southward

[under revision] - Darren Southward

Simon Hall

Simon was convicted of murder despite the fact that forensic and DNA evidence did not place him at the scene of the crime. They were not his boot prints in the garden. They were not his fingerprints in the house. He had no forensic traces of the scene on him or his clothes.

Simon was convicted on the basis that he may have possessed clothes made with similar fibres to those found in the house. 35,000 people in the UK also possess clothes with similar fibres to those found in the house.

Simon had an alibi.

Simon was convicted despite having no motive.

On 14 January 2011 Simon's appeal was (unbelievably) refused by the appeal court

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