You may not be aware that Samuel was so secretive that he even had aliases for the carers who came round and recorded these names in a book. Of course, when Social Services were shown it, they didn’t recognize them so this is where the story came from that no one went round. Mark and his team have managed to track down a carer by her real name and she may be able to give them more information in time.
As you have pointed out John, Mark did go back to the appeal court claiming that it should have been put to jurors his “cantankerous dad” had provoked him. Am I right in thinking that a convicted person can return to the appeal court soon after being imprisoned? I put this appeal to Mark and said it made it sound as if he was guilty. He explained that he wanted his case to go back to court as soon as possible in order that he could try and prove his innocence. He wasn’t allowed to put any other factors forward and unfortunately it went against him.
Mark has said the smell was a “nonsense”. The neighbour in question had bats in their garage. Also the smell came from the wrong place to be related to a body. The prosecution claim his body was stored in the garage which was street facing. Neighbours and the postman walked past every day and never smelt anything. Mark didn’t smell anything when he visited.
As regards finding Samuel’s enemies, the police examined his computer, albeit in minute detail. It is expensive to examine the hard drive of a computer for evidence. What is the point when you already have a suspect lined up? Mark’s team have requested that the computer is examined again as several individuals who Samuel was in contact with have not been traced. There are lots of phone numbers which have never been followed up. The police did a very amateurish job in my opinion.
On 13th October a newsletter was sent to residents in Drayton Parslow reporting suspicious activity in the area and for them to be on their guard.
On 19th November Janet Gear sees Samuels car leaving 2 Prospect Close around 5 to 6pm and returning later. At that time Mark was at a function in Bond Street.
At around the time leading up to his death, Samuel’s health had improved considerably and neighbours saw him digging the garden so he was very mobile. Mark still doesn’t know why his father used aliases and their relationship, although close, was the sort that Mark knew he couldn’t ask the questions he wanted. He was told at the age of six that his mother had died. It was only once he was arrested that his mother realized he was her son and resumed contact. Imagine how Mark felt seeing his mother “come back from the dead?” Well, he was extremely traumatized.
All other questions not answered, will be once I have heard back from Mark. Once again thanks to everyone who has shown an interest. I know it will mean a lot to Mark and he will be overwhelmed.