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Offline Nicholas

Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #30 on: November 05, 2019, 03:22:53 PM »

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The Court of Appeal is due tomorrow to begin hearing the appeal in the
@ccrcupdate referral case of Gordon Park for the so-called Lady in the Lake Murder. The original basis for the
@ccrcupdate referral can be seen in our October 2018 statement here: http://ccrc.gov.uk/commission-refers-the-murder-conviction-of-gordon-park/

https://mobile.twitter.com/ccrcupdate/status/1191412196523331584


Danny Shaw
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I’m at Court of Appeal where three judges are hearing a posthumous challenge brought on behalf of Gordon Park, the so-called #ladyinthelake murderer

Henry Blaxland QC for Park’s family says there are 2 grounds of Appeal:  1: non disclosure at trial of evidence of credibility of prisoner, Michael Wainwright, who said Park confessed & evidence which undermined a prosecution expert #ladyinthelake

And 2: new forensic evidence about alleged murder weapon, a climbing axe, from two forensic dentists.  A third ground of Appeal, concerning DNA evidence from area of rope used to bind the victim, Carol Park, has been abandoned. #ladyinthelake

Blaxland tells the court: “However one looks at it, the material which is now available should lead this court to come to the conclusion that the conviction is now unsafe.”  #ladyinthelake

Background to the case: Carol Park went missing in 1976. Her remains were found 21 years later in Coniston Water. Gordon Park was convicted in 2005 & killed himself in prison in 2010. The  case was referred to Court of Appeal by Criminal Cases Review Commission #ladyinthelake

Blaxland has completed submissions, in under 2 hours.  Now onto Richard Whitham QC, for the Crown.  He begins by setting out the circumstantial evidence against Gordon Park, saying there were “over 20 circumstantial points...there was a strong circumstantial case” #ladyinthelake

Whitham points out potentially the “most powerful” new evidence in favour of Park, relating to DNA on knots of rope used to bind Carol Park’s body, has fallen away. #ladyinthelake

Whitham says information that key prosecution witness, a prisoner who provided cell confession evidence, was a heroin user involved in drugs trafficking would not have had a “significant impact” on the case because his character was explored in detail at the trial #ladyinthelake

After some further comments from Blaxland the three judges have retired briefly.. #ladyinthelake

The appeal has finished. Judgment has been reserved. #ladyinthelake
3:06 PM · Nov 5, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

https://mobile.twitter.com/DannyShawBBC/status/1191733478158741511
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Offline Nicholas

Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #31 on: November 05, 2019, 03:27:20 PM »
Excerpts from an article by Jon Robins for the justice gap headed: “Government assurances sought over claims of political interference at miscarriage of justice watchdog” 4th September 2019
“Henry Blaxland QC said that there was ‘a very good case’ for substituting the predictive test with the Scottish CCRC’s test which allows its commission to refer where they conclude that ‘a miscarriage of justice may have occurred’. However, he added that there was ‘an inescapable logic’ about the ‘real possibility’ test because the Court of Appeal was ‘ultimately going to be the body which has to determine whether or not the conviction is safe’. The QC went on to call the relationship between the Court of Appeal and the commission ‘quite poisonous in the last five years or so’.

“As the session drew to a close, Henry Blaxland QC asked if he could add one more parting shot. He said: ‘Eddie Gilfoyle. That’s all I need to say. The failure to refer Eddie Gilfoyle’s case is astounding.’
https://www.thejusticegap.com/oliver-campbell/


Son's bid to clear dead dad of 'Lady in the Lake murder' heard at Court of Appeal 5th Nov 2019
Excerpt:
”CCRC lawyers told the court on Tuesday that failures by prosecution lawyers to share evidence with the defence at Park's 2005 trial casts doubt on the safety of his conviction.

Henry Blaxland QC said the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) did not disclose evidence about a key witness who claimed the teacher confessed to his wife's murder in prison, which would have undermined his credibility.

He said the CPS also failed to share the opinion of an expert who believed it was unlikely Mrs Park's injuries were caused by her husband's climbing axe - which prosecutors at trial suggested was the murder weapon.

Mr Blaxland said there is also fresh evidence from dental experts that the axe was not used in Mrs Park's murder.

He said: "May I make it plain that it is our submission that, however one looks at it, the material that is now available should lead this court to come to the conclusion that this conviction is not safe.

This is a case, a circumstantial case, where it is very difficult to tell exactly what it was that influenced the jury in their decision."

Lawyers will also present new scientific evidence which they say shows Park was not a contributor to DNA found on knots of rope used to bind Mrs Park's body, and argue that expert evidence which ruled out a link between a rock used to weigh the body and rocks at the family home has "renewed relevance".

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sons-bid-clear-dead-dad-20815337

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2019, 05:42:18 PM »
Wow!  Two hours and thirty minutes of streamed Court of Appeal submissions, if you've got the time and patience...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQpjPoU1pH8

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Re: Gordon Park and the murder of his wife Carol in 1976.
« Reply #34 on: November 07, 2019, 11:20:19 AM »
Wow!  Two hours and thirty minutes of streamed Court of Appeal submissions, if you've got the time and patience...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQpjPoU1pH8


Well, I watched some of it!!

Thanks for the links, Myster and Nicholas.

Will be interesting to see what happens-------------