26 July 2021
The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has managed to trace a missing member of ‘The Stockwell Six’ after launching a recent appeal to find two more men they believe were also wrongly convicted.
The sister of Texo Johnson saw the news coverage and got in touch to say her brother was now living overseas.
The plea from the CCRC came after three more cases were quashed, related to the wrongful convictions of several men under DS Ridgewell.
DS Ridgewell was part of the anti-mugging squad with British Transport Police, and later found to have wrongly accused innocent men of attempting to steal at various London underground stations 50 years ago.
Mr Johnson said: “It happened such a long time ago, so to be honest, I’d put it to the back of my mind. I’m still taking it all in and it’s quite overwhelming – but I’m pleased to have the same opportunity to finally clear my name.”
Chairman of the CCRC, Helen Pitcher OBE said they were glad to have located Mr Johnson: “We’d tried a number of ways in the past to try and find Mr Johnson, which is why we were delighted when his sister called and put us in touch with him. It was a good day for us all.”
Mr Johnson has since submitted his application to the CCRC and advising him through that process.