Three black guys who were imprisoned for presumably trying to rob a corrupt law enforcement officer almost 50 years earlier are anticipated to lastly have their convictions reversed by the Court ofAppeal
Courtney Harriot, Paul Green and Cleveland Davidson, all aged in between 17 and 20 at the time, were jailed on the London Underground while taking a trip from Stockwell station, south London, in February 1972.
The trio, now in their late 60s, and 3 buddies – who ended up being called the “Stockwell Six” – were prosecuted at the Old Bailey, mostly on the word of British Transport Police officerDetective Sergeant Derek Ridgewell
The Stockwell Six were implicated of attempting to rob Ridgewell, who remained in plain clothing and had actually formerly served in the South Rhodesian, now Zimbabwean, police.
They all pleaded innocent, however all bar one was founded guilty and sent out to prison or Borstal, in spite of informing jurors that law enforcement officer had actually lied and subjected them to violence and risks.
Their convictions were described the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission on the basis that there is “a real possibility that the Court of Appeal will now quash those convictions.”
At a hearing on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal is anticipated to lastly clear Mr Harriot, Mr Green and Mr Davidson’s names, almost 5 years after they were founded guilty.
Ridgewell was associated with a variety of prominent and questionable cases in the early 1970s, culminating in the 1973 acquittals of the “Tottenham Court Road Two” – 2 young Jesuits studying atOxford University
He was then moved into a department examining mailbag theft, where he associated 2 crooks with whom he divided the revenues of taken mailbags.
Ridgewell was ultimately captured and imprisoned for 7 years, passing away of a cardiovascular disease in jail in 1982 at the age of 37.
The case of the Stockwell Six would be the 3rd time Ridgewell’s corruption has actually caused wrongful convictions being reversed by the Court ofAppeal
In January 2018, Stephen Simmons’ 1976 conviction for taking mailbags was quashed after he found Ridgewell was imprisoned for a comparable offense simply 2 years after his own conviction.
In December 2019, 3 members of the “Oval Four” – who were jailed at Oval Underground station in 1972 and implicated of taking purses by Ridgewell’s “mugging squad” – likewise had their convictions reversed.
Winston Trew, Sterling Christie and George Griffiths were all sentenced to 2 years, later on decreased to 8 months on appeal, following a five-week trial at theOld Bailey
Quashing their convictions, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett stated there was”an accumulating body of evidence that points to the fundamental unreliability of evidence given by DS Ridgewell … and others of this specialist group”
In March 2020, the last member of the Oval Four, Constantine “Omar” Boucher, likewise had his name cleared, triggering require a “wholesale review” of all cases connected toRidgewell
The hearing, prior to Sir Julian Flaux, Mr Justice Linden and Mr Justice Wall, is because of start at the Royal Courts of Justice in London at 10:30 am (0930 GMT.