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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: Susan May "NO BLOODY FINGERPRINT"  Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-24473836

Susan May 1993 murder case print 'was not blood’

A woman convicted of murder 20 years ago believes new evidence being examined by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) will clear her name.

Susan May, 68, served 12 years in prison for the murder of her aunt, Hilda Marchbank, at her home in Royton, Greater Manchester, in 1993.

The prosecution's case hinged on a "blood-stained handprint" at the scene.

But a fingerprint expert has said there is "overwhelming evidence" the marks were not made in blood.

Ms May, who was the first person in the UK to be released at her earliest parole date without admitting guilt, has had two failed appeals. Her campaign to clear her name is backed by 100 MPs and peers.

Now the CCRC, set up to review possible miscarriages of justice, has agreed to investigate whether her case should be referred back to the Court of Appeal for a rare third time.

'Almost invisible'

It is looking into a report - commissioned by campaigners - by fingerprint analyst Arie Zeelenberg, former head of the Dutch national police fingerprint service.

He examined high resolution photographs - which were not seen by the jury - of the marks on the wall.

His report concludes: "There is no evidence that the finger marks... attributed to Susan May were placed in blood.

"In fact there is overwhelming evidence that they were not comprised of blood but instead of sweat and a minor residue of another unknown substance."

The original trial jury was told Ms May's fingerprint was found in a "blood-stained hand print". One police officer told the court it was made by "quite a lot" of blood when she allegedly beat her aunt about the face and suffocated her with a pillow.


Crime scene photographs The photographs on the left show the wall before it was treated, those on the right are the marks after chemical enhancement
The jury was shown photographs of the bedroom wall after it had been treated with chemicals including iodine.

The pictures examined by Mr Zeelenberg, which came to light when they were requested from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) by the CCRC in the past year, show that prior to treatment they [the prints] were "almost invisible" to the naked eye.

"They are clearly very faint marks, hardly attributable to having been made the night before with hands covered in blood so that it ran down the wall," Friends Of Susan May (FOSM) campaigner Geoff Goodwin said.

Ms May said: "To date there is no [conclusive] scientific proof that the marks were in blood despite prosecution claims.

"I sincerely hope now that the commission will see fit to refer my case back to the Court of Appeal because it undermines the whole prosecution case."

Police inquiry 'anomalies'

Campaigners have also asked the CCRC to consider critical reviews of the police investigation into Mrs Marchbank's murder written by the former deputy head of Hampshire CID, Des Thomas.

In one report, commissioned by the campaign, he states he found "anomalies" in the police inquiry that "may point to an investigation, the principle purpose of which was to prove, by the selective use and non-disclosure of evidence, the hypothesis that Susan May was guilty of murdering her aunt".

The police chief in charge of the original investigation was previously said by the CCRC to have given "inconsistent accounts" and "apparently mistaken recollections", impacting on his credibility.

Evidence the jury never heard includes a witness claiming a red car was outside Mrs Marchbank's house with its engine running at around the time of the murder.

A transcript of the police actions log also shows that an anonymous call was made to police the following morning naming a well-known convicted burglar as the killer.

Ms May said: "All this new evidence points to the fact that my conviction is unsafe. If the jury heard the case as it is now, with some witnesses discredited and without the main plank of their case - the so-called blood marks - they couldn't come to the same conclusion."

The CCRC said it was considering Mr Zeelenberg's report and seeking the opinion of other experts.

A spokesman said: "This is one of a number of lines of enquiry we are pursuing.

"We continue to work as quickly as we can and we are making good progress with the investigation."

A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesman said: "As this appeal is ongoing it would not be appropriate to comment."
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For any reporters out there watching this forum this case also involved an expert that was used to support SCRO in the Shirley McKie Case who did the same to Susan May as he did to Shirley.

In this case he confirmed it was Susan Mays print in her aunties blood without looking at any of the original material.

No-One ever tested the material they claimed was blood, let alone check to see who's blood.

This expert was commissioned by the defence and although there was a 16 point requirement then in place, he could only find 10 and this was accepted.

More shocking for me is the fact the CCRC relied upon this expert not to carry out any further work to the fingerprint evidence in this case 10 years ago despite another expert recommending this be done.

Peter Swann has produced a report in this case worse than what he did in the Shirley McKie and Asbury cases particularly he confirmed it was blood without being able to test this substance.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand there is a program that will be aired tonight but do not have a link for it.

If anyone could provide the link I would appreciate it.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is with great sadness that I announce that Sue May is seriously ill.

I would ask everyone involved with Miscarriages of justice to e-mail the CCRC to ask them to urgently refer her case back to the appeal court.

They have a report from world renowned fingerprint expert Arie Zeelenberg saying there was never any bloody fingerprint it was more than likely a sweaty print.

There is absolutely no evidence Susan Mays fingerprint was in blood let alone that of her beloved Aunt Hilda.

This evidence leaves me in no doubt that there is a real possibility the court will overturn her conviction.

Her case worker can be contacted at the following:

jenny.thomas@ccrc.x.gsi.gov.uk

Please show your support by writing to CCRC asking for an urgent review and immediate referral on this new evidence.

No Bloody Print No Case.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have sent my email Wullie.

Hope many others do the same
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Sir/Madam,

CRIMINAL CASES REVIEW COMMISSION: SUSAN MAY

As an ex police officer and now justice campaigner I have followed Susan May's fight for justice for some years now and like many others despair at the failure of the English Justice System to deliver the  exoneration that the evidence demands. By any reading the evidence against her  has been revealed as weak and unreliable and despite the support of MP’s and many others with responsibility for upholding justice  the system has remained deaf to her pleas.

That Susan is now seriously ill only adds to the urgency.

My daughter Shirley McKie was involved in a successful 12 year fight for justice in Scotland and as part of our campaign we had occasion to call on the services of fingerprint experts Peter Swann and Arie Zeelenberg.  I am also aware that current controversy concerns the evidence of an alleged ‘bloody’ print found in the Marchbank murder house and that both these experts are involved.

A 2011 public inquiry into my daughter’s case found that Mr Swann, who maintains Susan’s print was left in blood on a wall, had erred in two ‘identifications’ and had sustained the fiction for 12 years.

Mr Zeelenberg, who refutes Swann’s assertion re the bloody print,  was initially appointed by Scotland’s HMCI to carry out an independent examination of the relative prints and in this and further officially sponsored examinations exposed Mr Swann’s double errors.

The CCRC would do well to look to my experiences as I consider Mr Swann to be at best an unreliable expert whereas Mr Zeelenberg’s efficiency and integrity is beyond reproach.

Should Susan die before justice is delivered then all who have contributed to her nightmare should hang their heads in shame. This whole affair leaves me wondering just what it takes in the UK to obtain justice and how so many allegedly well meaning people, including the CCRC commissioners, continue to blind themselves to reality.

I continue to hope however that justice and common sense will prevail and that somewhere in your organisation someone will bring an end to Susan May’s years of pain and suffering.

Sincerely,

Iain A J McKIe
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As always I find your writing very articulate and to the point Iain.

Would you mind if we used your letter as a template for others to copy and paste to CCRC.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My response was a very personal one Wullie but I have no problem with people using it as a starting point for them to express their own feelings.

Any cool, logical, rational and objective assessor must see there is a serious wrong to be righted and that this must be done now.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandra Gregory Doing Time With Sue May

In 1993 I got myself arrested at Bangkok airport and subsequently received a 25 year prison sentence. After serving 4_ years in a Thai prison I was allowed to transfer to the UK to serve out the remainder of my sentence near family and friends.

After a year in Holloway I was transferred to HMP Foston Hall and after a few months there I found myself 'ghosted' out to HMP Durham's infamous H Wing.  Being in a place like H Wing almost destroyed me. I didn't know why I had been moved there and none of the authorities wanted to give me the reasons.  The oppressive atmosphere, high security regime and frustration of not being given any reasoning for my sudden move, pushed me into a deep depression.  I struggled to climb out of bed each morning and fought the demons, which kept telling me to end it all now. I agonised that, unlike so many of the women I was living with, I was pathetic. I wasn't even brave enough to hang myself.

My saving grace in Durham was Sue May. We became good friends very quickly and although she didn't realise it, Sue saved my life. She was one of the nicest people I had met in many years and her situation was so much worse than my own. I learnt about the reasons Sue was in Prison and realised very quickly that she was one of the people who really shouldn't be in prison at all. She was not guilty of the crime she had been convicted of. Sue didn't seem to be anywhere near as depressed as I was. I was, after all, guilty and did deserve to be in prison, so why was I so upset to be in a prison I didn't like. Sue shouldn't have had her liberty taken away at all.  I had to stop feeling so sorry for myself.

The King of Thailand granted me a pardon in 2000 and I was released.  A few years later I published a book and the following is what I wrote about Susan May.

Not all the women I met in Durham were mad, bad or evil. When I first met Sue May I thought she was just one of many nutty jailbirds I'd come across so many times over the years. She always went out to exercise, whatever the weather, wearing a pair of grey cycling shorts and carrying a bag of bread to feed the sparrows.

This mad old jailbird, I thought to myself, going out in shorts to feed the birds. A number of times I walked around the yard with her. Sue's a talker and every day she'd tell me about her case, the way the police had handled it and how her lawyer had not offered any defence at her trial. She was innocent of the crime of which she'd been accused, she said. I took absolutely no notice of any of it because you hear those stories all the time inside. Sometimes I used to think I was the only guilty person in prison.

After a while though I thought about the things Sue was saying. I'd question her at length, trying to catch her out with something she had said earlier. But her stories always added up. Out of the blue, I'd quiz her on some small detail, pretending I was a little confused, but the responses always flowed without her having to think about it and always linked in perfectly with something she had said earlier.

At the end of my book, in the 'thank you bit' I said this to Sue.
Thank you also to Sue May, who is about to enter her second decade behind bars. The support and friendship you showed me in Durham when I was crumbling under the weight of depression helped me survive the place more than you will ever know. How you survive the massive injustice dished out to you I will never know. Stay strong my friend; the truth will prevail in the end.
And this is what I wrote when I republished that book, in August 2013

Susan May has still not managed to clear her name and remains convicted of the murder of her 89-year-old aunt. Whoever it was who did kill Hilda Marchbank in 1992 allowed an innocent woman to serve a life sentence for the crime he committed and has literally got away with murder. I know the case well and I sincerely believe all the official bodies involved with her case, including Greater Manchester police, the IPCC, the CCRC and the appeal courts, know that Sue is innocent. The horrendous injustice she has lived with for over two decades has taken its toll on her health and wellbeing. Although released from prison in 2005, she has not been on a holiday or even been away from home for more than a night since she was released. She spends her life fighting her conviction and trying to prove her innocence and lives only to clear her name. She has no interest in going anywhere or doing anything that does not involve her case: justice is all that matters.

I committed a serious crime and yet I am out, living my normal life. Sue spent 12 years in prison and remains convicted of a crime she did not commit. The injustice with which she lives breaks my heart and has shattered my faith in the British legal system.

At the end of 2013 a fingerprint expert has examined Sue's case and the evidence against her and has published a report that shatters the case against Sue.  Justice must surely be just a moment away.
This week however, the medical specialists discover that Sue is unwell, Very, very unwell.

After 21 years justice could finally be served, but if the CCRC don't act quickly Sue may never see that justice. The CCRC have sat on this report for over 6 months already and seem to be dragging the process on for as long as possible.  If they have their way Sue may not live to see the day her name is finally cleared of murder.

Please write to Richard Foster, the chairman at the Criminal Cases Review Commission and demand they send Sue's case back to the court of appeal.

Letters to: Richard Foster CBE Chair, CCRC, 5 St Philip's Place, Birmingham, B3 2PW
Emails to - richard.foster@ccrc.x.gsi.gov.uk

This will take you to the BBC site where you can see Sue speaking about her case.  You will also see just how ill Sue is.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-24495625
This link will take you to recent articles published by the Guardian.  http://www.theguardian.com/uk/susan-may

For far more info and detail on the case go to.  http://www.susanmay.co.uk/

Sandra Gregory, Sunday 20th August 2013
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

help is needed.

http://forum.wronglyaccusedperson...-of-murder/msg9925007/#msg9925007

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