Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 19 April 2024

Oh, I bet that makes him feel so much better: Criminal Cases Review Commission offers ‘unreserved apology’ to Andrew Malkinson who spent 17 years in prison for being wrongly convicted of rape

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has offered an ‘unreserved apology’ for failing Andrew Malkinson, who spent 17 years in prison for being wrongly convicted of rape.

Mr Malkinson, who was finally cleared in July last year after being convicted in 2003, was released on a strict life licence in 2020.

The 57-year-old was wrongly found guilty of the 2003 attack on a woman in Greater Manchester.

The following year he was jailed for life with a minimum term of seven years but remained in prison for a further 10 because he maintained he was innocent.

His appeal against his conviction, which centred around new DNA evidence that recently emerged pointing to another potential suspect, who the court ordered can only be identified as Mr B, was successful last year.

The CCRC, which investigates possible miscarriages of justice, today offered an apology after an independent review of the case by Chris Henley KC.

Chairwoman of the CCRC, Helen Pitcher, said: ‘Mr Henley’s report makes sobering reading, and it is clear from his findings that the commission failed Andrew Malkinson.

‘For this, I am deeply sorry. I have written to Mr Malkinson to offer him my sincere regret and an unreserved apology on behalf of the commission.

‘There may have been a belief that I have been unwilling ever to apologise to Mr Malkinson, and I want to clarify that this is not the case.

‘For me, offering a genuine apology required a clear understanding of the circumstances in which the commission failed Mr Malkinson. We now have that.

‘Nobody can ever begin to imagine the devastating impact that Mr Malkinson’s wrongful conviction has had on his life, and I can only apologise for the additional harm caused to him by our handling of his case.’

He had applied for his case to be reviewed by the CCRC in 2009, but at the conclusion of its review in 2012 the commission refused to order further forensic testing or refer the case for appeal, amid concerns over costs.

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