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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:16 pm    Post subject: Bristol University Supports Wullie Beck  Reply with quote

Short article about submissions to SCCRC. More to follow and submissions will be on INUK tomorrow.

30 years on convicted thief is desperate to clear name

Published Date: 19 August 2011

By Christine Lavelle

A MAN jailed for the armed robbery of a postal van is still fighting to clear his name almost 30 years after he was convicted.
William Beck, 50, from Glasgow, spent four years in prison after a jury found him guilty of the robbery involving a hammer in Livingston in December 1981, when around £21,000 in cash was stolen from two postal workers.

But the father-of-two has always maintained that he was 40 miles away in Glasgow when the incident took place.

He claims his conviction in March 1982, when he was 21, was based almost entirely on "unreliable" eyewitness identification, and says he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice. Mr Beck claims only two of the five witnesses identified him in an identity parade. The other three are said to have picked out a volunteer.

Leave to appeal the conviction was refused in 1982 after his defence lawyer is alleged to have said he had no grounds for appeal. Mr Beck claims his defence team called none of his witnesses during the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, giving him "no chance".

He said: "I had a number of people who had seen me in Glasgow that day. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, was called and she gave evidence that I had been with her all day."

Mr Beck, who lives with his wife Louise in the Dennistoun area of the city, added: "All I want is to be allowed an appeal, I just want to clear my name.

"I did not commit that robbery, and it is something that has now taken over my whole adult life."

The University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) has taken on Mr Beck's case and today submitted a response on his behalf following two rejections by the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission to review his case.

UoBIP said eyewitness misidentification has been accepted worldwide as a leading cause of wrongful convictions. It says around 75 per cent of post-conviction DNA exonerations in the US are attributed to eyewitness misidentification.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/30-years-on-convicted-thief.6821296.jp
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man seeks justice over 1981 robbery

(UKPA) – 16 minutes ago  

A man locked up for the armed robbery of a postal van is still fighting to clear his name almost 30 years after he was convicted.
William Beck, 50, from Glasgow, spent four years in prison after a jury found him guilty of the robbery involving a hammer in Livingston, West Lothian, in December 1981, when around £21,000 in cash was stolen from two postal workers. But the father of two has always maintained that he was 40 miles away in Glasgow when the incident took place.
He claims his conviction in March 1982, when he was 21, was based almost entirely on "unreliable" eyewitness identification, and says he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
Mr Beck claims only two of the five witnesses identified him in an identity parade. The other three are said to have picked out a volunteer.
Leave to appeal the conviction was refused in 1982 after his defence lawyer is alleged to have said he had no grounds for appeal.
Mr Beck claims his defence team called none of his witnesses during the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, giving him "no chance".
He said: "I had a number of people who had seen me in Glasgow that day. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, was called and she gave evidence that I had been with her all day. But when it came down to it the jury had to decide whether or not to believe us, even though I know there were more people who could have been called on my behalf.
"I sacked the defence team immediately after the trial. They didn't try to prepare anything on my behalf, they gave me no chance."
Mr Beck, who lives with his wife Louise in the Dennistoun area of the city, added: "All I want is to be allowed an appeal, I just want to clear my name. I did not commit that robbery, and it is something that has now taken over my whole adult life. I just want a chance to prove my innocence."
The University of Bristol Innocence Project has taken on Mr Beck's case and has submitted a response on his behalf following two rejections by the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission (SCCRC) to review his case. The SCCRS is an independent public body set up to review alleged miscarriages of justice.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wullie I am so chuffed for you.
You really deserve the truth to be known at last.

You have worked so hard on your own case and so many other cases in the backround for so long. Others cannot know or appreciate the time and effort you have put into cases. I am proud of you my friend.

I truly hope that this time the SCCRC do what they are supposed to do. It is time your case went to the appeal court at long last for the FIRST EVER time in all these years. Then you can prove your innocence at long last.

I am sure these two articles are a long line of articles due to come out over the coming days.

WELL DONE YOU !!! and The Bristol Uni people!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Review call on William Beck robbery conviction


The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission has turned down the case twice before

A new assessment has been made of the evidence which convicted a man of an armed robbery carried out 30 years ago.

Researchers at the University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) concluded that evidence against William Beck had "low probative value".

Mr Beck was convicted of robbing a post office van in Livingston, and sentenced to a jail term of six years.

The UoBIP has prepared a submission which will be made to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

William Beck was 20 when he was arrested in 1981.

Of five eyewitnesses to the robbery, only two picked out Mr Beck at an identity parade.

The team at Bristol concluded that it was not possible to conclude beyond reasonable doubt that a miscarriage of justice did not occur.

Mark Allum, one of the Bristol researchers, said: "Mr Beck's conviction was based primarily upon identification evidence part of which the trial judge referred to as unreliable and part of which he suggested the jury should treat with great care.

"Recently the courts have become increasingly reluctant to base convictions solely upon eyewitness testimony especially since studies have exposed the fallibility of such testimony.

"Were this case to come before the courts today it is highly likely that the trial judge would dismiss it."

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission has twice before refused to send Mr Beck's case back to the Appeal Court.

Mr Beck, who lives in Glasgow, said the fight to prove his innocence meant he had spent a lot of time learning the law.

"My two daughters have had to grow up with virtually no father for 20 to 30 years because of this case," he said.

"It is something that never leaves me.

"Even when I'm having a conversation with family or friends, it always comes round to my case."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14582866
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Review call on William Beck robbery conviction

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission has turned down the case twice before
A new assessment has been made of the evidence which convicted a man of an armed robbery carried out 30 years ago.

Researchers at the University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) concluded that evidence against William Beck had "low probative value".

Mr Beck was convicted of robbing a post office van in Livingston, and sentenced to a jail term of six years.

The UoBIP has prepared a submission which will be made to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

William Beck was 20 when he was arrested in 1981.

Of five eyewitnesses to the robbery, only two picked out Mr Beck at an identity parade.

The team at Bristol concluded that it was not possible to conclude beyond reasonable doubt that a miscarriage of justice did not occur.

Mark Allum, one of the Bristol researchers, said: "Mr Beck's conviction was based primarily upon identification evidence part of which the trial judge referred to as unreliable and part of which he suggested the jury should treat with great care.

"Recently the courts have become increasingly reluctant to base convictions solely upon eyewitness testimony especially since studies have exposed the fallibility of such testimony.

"Were this case to come before the courts today it is highly likely that the trial judge would dismiss it."

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission has twice before refused to send Mr Beck's case back to the Appeal Court.

Mr Beck, who lives in Glasgow, said the fight to prove his innocence meant he had spent a lot of time learning the law.

"My two daughters have had to grow up with virtually no father for 20 to 30 years because of this case," he said.

"It is something that never leaves me.

"Even when I'm having a conversation with family or friends, it always comes round to my case."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-14582866
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

9am Briefing: Armed robber to fight conviction 30 years on

Published Date: 18 August 2011
A MAN locked up for the armed robbery of a postal van is still fighting to clear his name almost 30 years after he was convicted.
William Beck spent four years in prison after a jury found him guilty of the robbery involving a hammer in Livingston, West Lothian, in December 1981, when around £21,000 in cash was stolen from two postal workers.

The father of two has always maintained that he was 40 miles away in Glasgow when the incident took place.

The University of Bristol Innocence Project has now taken on Mr Beck's case.

http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com...iefing-Armed-robber-to.6821419.jp
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

University of Bristol Innocence Project asks: Is William Beck a victim of mistaken eyewitness identification?
Press release issued 19 August 2011

William Beck was 20 when he was arrested for an armed robbery of a post van in Livingston, Scotland on 16 December 1981. Nearly three decades later, after serving six years of imprisonment for a conviction based exclusively on eyewitness identification, he continues to maintain his innocence.
The University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) has taken on Mr Beck’s case and has today submitted a response on his behalf following two rejections by the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission — the independent public body set up to review alleged miscarriages of justice.

Although Mr Beck claims that he was in Glasgow the entire day at the time of the robbery, some 40 miles away from where the crime occurred, he was convicted on the evidence of five eyewitnesses, only two of whom identified Mr Beck in an identity parade. The other three witnesses picked out a volunteer.

Eyewitness misidentification has been accepted worldwide as a leading cause of wrongful convictions. Around 75 per cent of post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States are attributed to eyewitness misidentification. In addition, a report by eyewitness identification expert Professor Tim Valentine highlighted various problems with the identification parade procedure and concluded that the evidence against Mr Beck had ‘low probative value’.

The UoBIP took on Mr Beck’s case earlier this year when the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission issued a provisional Statement of Reasons stating that they were not minded to refer his conviction to the High Court of Justiciary.  Mr Beck’s case was assigned to postgraduate law students Mark Allum and Ryan Jendoubi at the University’s Law School, who produced the response to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission on behalf of Mr Beck.

Under the guidance of Dr Michael Naughton, founder of the UoBIP, the students had seven months to get to grips with the facts of the case and issue a response to the provisional decision of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. Their twenty-page response argues that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission has applied an unduly high standard in rejecting Mr Beck’s case. They contend that when his conviction is assessed as a whole, it is not possible to conclude beyond reasonable doubt that a miscarriage of justice has not occurred.

Mark Allum said: “Mr Beck’s conviction was based primarily upon identification evidence part of which the trial judge referred to as unreliable and part of which he suggested the jury should treat with great care. Recently the courts have become increasingly reluctant to base convictions solely upon eyewitness testimony especially since studies have exposed the fallibility of such testimony. Were this case to come before the courts today it is highly likely that the trial judge would dismiss it.

Ryan Jendoubi said: “Mr Beck's case underlines important problems in the way the justice system currently approaches cases of alleged wrongful conviction.”

Dr Michael Naughton added: “Ironically, Mr Beck shares the same surname and was arrested on the same day and month as the notorious miscarriage of justice victim Adolf Beck (16 December) who was twice wrongly convicted on mistaken eyewitness identification evidence in 1896 and again in 1901. The case of Adolf Beck led to the establishment of the Court of Criminal Appeal and the introduction of compensation for victims of miscarriage of justice. Over a century later, it seems history may be repeating itself and eyewitness identification evidence is again in the dock.”

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2011/7866.html
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

University Of Bristol Press Release

Submission From Bristol
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Wullie - Once again Kevin's parents and I wish you the very best.

Dont the authorities realise yet, you, we and others on this forum ain't going away until the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is exposed and justice finally prevails.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Wullie and Louise.

This miscarriage of justice has blighted the life of the Beck family for nearly thirty years.

That they and others like them still fight on is testimony to their strength and courage and to the justice system’s inadequacy.

Is it too much to hope that at last the SCCRC, Crown Office and Courts will act swiftly to right this terrible wrong?

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