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Case studies

Hear stories direct from the people that have won their appeals with us and more.

Overturning miscarriages of justice – Winston Trew

After 48 years, criminal charges against me for attempted theft and assault were finally quashed. New evidence presented included a successful appeal based on the conviction of DS Ridgewell for corruption in 1980. The CCRC submitted supporting evidence to show that my convictions followed a pattern of false evidence, perjury and violence by DS Ridgewell and his team.
Mr Winston Trew, Oval 4

Making legal history with Post Office cases

In April 2021, we were instrumental in correcting the biggest single series of convictions in British legal history. We had referred 39 Post Office cases to the Court of Appeal, which concluded that failures of investigation and disclosure by Post Office Limited were “so egregious as to make the prosecution of any of the Horizon cases an affront to the conscience of the court”

Stockwell Six and discredited policing

These flowed from work in five other quashed convictions and concerned the same team of discredited police officers. Courtney Harriot, Paul Green and Cleveland Davidson were part of a group of six young Black men who later became known as the Stockwell Six. The men were charged with assault with intent to rob a police officer in plain clothes on the London Underground in 1972.

Asylum, immigration and victims of human trafficking

We continue to receive applications from refugees and victims of human trafficking. This year we referred three such cases; HA, MU, KI (and five last year). During 2020-2021, the appellate courts allowed appeals in four references. The four appeals quashed were MA, TX, SA and HA.

Ahmed Mohammed sexual assault case uncovered new DNA

Ahmed Mohammed’s conviction was the 750th case to be referred by us. In February 2004, at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court, Mr Mohammed was convicted of indecently assaulting two women in separate incidents in Tooting, South London, in the summer of 2001.