Martin Foran, today, after 38 years of campaigning, has been successful in quashing his 1977 conviction for robbery at the Court of Appeal.
This fantastic result comes hot on the heels of Martin’s success in 2012 when his 1986 conviction, again for robbery, was also quashed.
Both appeals have centred on the credibility of investigating officers attached to the, now, notorious West Midlands Serious Crime Squad, disbanded in 1989, which, it has been found, promoted a ‘culture’ of conviction at any cost through any means necessary; including fabricated confessions, physical assault, concealed evidence and mishandling of informants.
Martin was convicted on four counts of robbery in 1977 at Birmingham Crown Court and was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment; he has been protesting his innocence ever since and, in January 2014, his case was referred back to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC).
Tracy Gibbon, of Olliers Solicitors, who has represented Martin in both appeals comments:
“We are delighted with this decision for Martin, who has never given up protesting his innocence, and for his family, who have been unfailing in their support for him.
“Olliers would like to thank Miss Elizabeth Nicholls of Lincoln House Chambers and Andy Timney, of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, for all their hard work in this matter.”
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