The Guardian: Reasonable Doubt

This article is an investigation into the alleged miscarriage of justice suffered by Liverpool man Ray Gilbert who was jailed’ along with an accomplice named John Kamara, in 1981 for the brutal murder of bookmaker’s manager John Suffield Jr. Mr Gilbert, now into his 26th year of imprisonment in southern England, claims he was wrongfully convicted of the crime and that the confession he gave to the police in Liverpool was nonsense. His alleged accomplaice, John Kamara, was freed in March 2000 – yet Gilbert remains behind bars. I was asked to investigate this by UK human rights campaigner Bruce Kent and I spent 2 months on it in 2007. I discovered that Mr Gilbert’s confessions – all five of them – were flawed; that he displayed no ‘inside’ special knowledge of the case; and that key timings in his confession made no sense when compared to eyewitness evidence. The victim’s father, John Suffield Sr, also explained his private doubts, on behalf of his family, about the validity of the guilty verdict against Gilbert. It’s a disturbing and worrying case.

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