Historic cases

We have compiled a library of historic miscarriage of justice cases. These are not cases that have been investigated by Inside Justice as a unit, although different members of our Advisory Panel have often been instrumental in righting past wrongs listed here.

We have compiled this list from public records. We have tried to include every case widely considered to be a miscarriage of justice but if we have missed any, we would like to know. We hope this record serves as a reminder for why it is so important that prisoners who say they are innocent are listened to.

Yusef Abdullahi

Yusef Abdullahi

One of the Cardiff Three, convicted of the murder of Lynette White in 1988, cleared on appeal in 1992. 4 years in custody.

Died 2011 aged 49.


Andrew Adams

Andrew Adams

Served 14 years.

Convicted of the murder of Jack Royal in 1990, cleared on appeal 2007.


Waqar Ahmed

Waqar Ahmed

Served 3 years.

Jailed for the murder of 23-year-old Isiah Young-Sam during the 2005 Birmingham riots.

Conviction quashed 2008.


Paul Alberici


Alex Allan

Alex Allan

Served 5 years.

Given an eight-year sentence for robbery in 1991.

Released 1996 determined to pursue his case.

Conviction quashed 2001 thanks to Northumbria University law lecturer Kevin  Kerrigan, his students and Liberty.


Richard Roy Allen

Richard Roy Allen

Served 6 years.

Conviction of the murder of David Beesley, a Manchester supermarket manager in 1995, quashed in 2004.


Billy Allison

Billy Allison

Served 10 years.

Found guilty with Stevie Johnston of killing Drew Forsyth, 34, in Dunfermline,1995.

Freed on appeal 2006.


Kiranjit Aluwhalia

Kiranjit Aluwhalia

Served 3 years.

Convicted 1989 of killing her abusive husband Deepak.

Freed on appeal 1992.


Donna Anthony

Donna Anthony

Served 6 years.

Jailed for life in 1998 for murdering her two babies.

Conviction quashed 2005.


Paddy Armstrong

Paddy Armstrong

Served 15 years.

One of the Guildford Four jailed for the IRA bombing of the Horse & Groom pub in 1974.

Convictions overturned in 1989.

Apology from Tony Blair 2005.


David Asbury

David Asbury

Served 3 years (Scotland)

Convicted in 1998 of the murder of Marion Ross.

Freed on appeal 2002.


Clifford Ashton

Served 6 years.

Jailed for stabbing Trevor Blackwood to death in a Birmingham butcher’s shop, 1998. Conviction quashed 2006.


Manachehr Bahmansadeh

Manachehr Bahmansadeh

Served 4 years.

Convicted of permitting his Plymouth night club to be used for drug offences (conspiracy); quashed 2012.


Patricia Bass

Served 3 years.

Twice convicted of bludgeoning her 80-year-old mother to death with a hammer. Convictions quashed 1998.


Michael Beadle

Served 1 year. Died in prison March 1998.

With Gary Shaffi, David Noble and Craig Lane, convicted of the murder of Frederick Barnett in 1997.

Acquitted in November 1998.


Roger Beardmore

Served 3 years.

Farmer's son jailed for nine years for the rape of a 14-year-old girl, cleared in 2001 after she admitted that she lied to get her mother's attention.


David Beatty

Convicted of rape; kidnap; threats to kill.

Convictions quashed 2006.


Derek Bentley

Derek Bentley

Hanged in 1953 after the death of a policeman during a robbery. Three police officers said that Bentley had shouted out "Let him have it". Royal Pardon 1993.

Conviction finally quashed 1998, Henry Blaxland junior counsel.


Gary Binham

Served 3 years.

Framed by West Midlands Serious Crime Squad. Conviction for robbery quashed 1993.


Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn

Served 25 years.

Jailed for life aged 15 for the attempted murder and sexual assault of a younger boy in 1978. Conviction reversed 2005, in the process labelling the two Cheshire police officers who led the case as perjurers.