Bamber appeal rolls on

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LAWYERS on behalf of a convicted murderer in Full Sutton Prison have submitted their final legal arguments to bring his case to the Court of Appeal.

The team working for Jeremy Bamber have sent their amended documents to the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC), who earlier this year made a provisional decision not to refer the controversial case, but gave them additional time to carry out scientific work to support claims that Bamber is innocent of the crimes.

Bamber, who is now 50, was jailed in 1986 for the murder of his family at a farmhouse in the south of England, and was sentenced to a whole life tariff.

However, author Scott Lomax has raised serious questions over the validity of the evidence used to convict him and helped him launch the appeal.

Mr Lomax said: “The process to get Jeremy Bamber’s case to this stage in fighting against the criminal justice system has taken many years and a tremendous amount of hard work. I am confident his case will now be referred because the additional work which has taken place in the last few months will answer any doubts that the CCRC had about Bamber’s claims.

“A large amount of work has now been undertaken to support claims that evidence used at Bamber’s trial was flawed and should not have been allowed to be used against him.

“Once the legal submissions are made the CCRC will begin their final review which will ultimately refer Bamber’s case back to the Court of Appeal or will rule that he cannot launch a new appeal against his conviction. I would anticipate the CCRC making their decision during the course of the summer.

“I have no doubt that Jeremy Bamber is an innocent man, having been privy to this new evidence. It is quite simply mind blowing and shows that a terrible injustice has taken place. What continues to amaze me is that there are still hundreds of thousands of police documents and more than 200 crime scene photographs which Jeremy Bamber’s legal team are not allowed to see.”

“So much has been learnt over the past 25 years which, in my opinion, shows the criminal justice system made monumental errors. We have to wonder how many other pieces of evidence in Bamber’s favour could exist in those police reports, statements, notebooks and crime scene photographs which are being kept from Bamber’s legal team.

Bamber was jailed for the murders of his mother, father, sister and nephews who were shot dead at a farmhouse in Essex in 1985. Bamber was convicted by a majority of 10-2.

Last year it emerged that photographs, which were used as prosecution evidence against Bamber, were to be reviewed after an expert claimed there were discrepancies on crime scene pictures. Bamber’s defence team claimed police photos of the murder scene could help the mass killer overturn his convictions.

His defence maintained that the sister Sheila Caffell, a paranoid schizophrenic, had killed her parents and sons before committing suicide.

They said the new images cast doubt on part of the prosecution’s case and showed the gun seemingly resting in different positions on Ms Caffell’s body and around the bedroom.

The body of Sheila Caffell was found upstairs but a silencer said to have been used in the murders was found in a gun cupboard downstairs.