“What Lessons, if any, have been Learned following Simon Hall’s Confession in 2013.
Jon Robins was given the opportunity to reply and make comment but no response was forthcoming. An email sent on the 10th May 2019 has been reproduced below:
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“Denial allows someone to keep going unchanged despite reality.https://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/29/the_odd_body_denial/
Further to my previous email:
Firstly I want to reassure you I come in peace and with the hope you take my criticisms constructively but to be frank Jon, I’m unsure who’s side you’re on and what your goals and objectives are?
Here http://www.jonrobins.info/ you say:
“I’M A FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND A LECTURER IN JOURNALISM. I WRITE ABOUT MOST THINGS BUT FOCUS ON THE LAW AND JUSTICE
But in this article regarding your book launch of “Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The crisis in our justice system https://www.thejusticegap.com/guilty-until-proven-innocent-book-launch-report/ it states:
“Jon Robins argued that the protections put in place as a result of scandals such as the Birmingham Six had failed. ‘It’s not a sign of weakness to recognise fallibility. It is actually the sign for a system that works. And this is a system that isn’t working. The safety net that we thought we put in place after the Birmingham 6 isn’t there.’
“Robins spoke about the families that featured in his book. ‘I have spent a long time interviewing people in this room,’ he said. ‘The reality is that our interests aren’t aligned and that can make for a complicated, even fraught relationship.’
‘From my perspective I have seen extraordinary courage from people who fight the most extreme odds and extraordinary love from those who have supported them.’
Have you explored WHY people’s interests aren’t aligned?
Have you looked into the other side of the scandals that are clearly present within the miscarriage of justice (MOJ) movement?
Like for example, the con artists and fraudsters, the personality disordered – the wolves in sheep’s clothing?
Having seen your justice trap series here https://bylinetimes.com/author/jonrobins/ and the byline:
“In the first of a new series examining the failings of our criminal justice system, Jon Robins explores why this should matter to us all.
What really matters to you Jon?
What are your aims and objectives?
Where are you going with your writings?
What’s the end goal?
Part of one of your headlines struck a chord with me, here: https://bylinetimes.com/2019/01/30/victimised-twice-over-supreme-court-rules-against-wrongly-convicted/ it begins:
“Victimised twice over.
I was victimised twice over once Simon Hall’s guilt was uncovered. His confession wasn’t an over night thing; he was being caught in the lie over and over many months beforehand. Unfortunately at the time I was surrounded by people who were either like myself at the time, in denial, or people who’s first thought was to protect their reputations at any and all cost. As a result many showed their true colours.
You said, “It’s not a sign of weakness to recognise fallibility.
So what are the excuses of all those people who were wrong about Simon Halls guilt and chose to make a traumatic experience worse?
Around the time of the confession, you published two articles on the Justice Gap, one by Professor Julie Price: https://www.thejusticegap.com/simon-hall-confession-a-time-to-take-stock/ (New link https://theerrorsthatplaguethemiscarriageofjusticemovement.home.blog/simon-hall-confession-a-time-to-take-stock-by-professor-julie-price-originally-published-by-jon-robins-of-the-justice-gap/)
(Note Michelle Diskin Bates comment at the bottom of the article where she insists people move on and is concerned for her credibility)
and another by Dr Dennis Eady https://www.thejusticegap.com/keeping-perspective/.
Have you any idea what this did to me Jon?
Have you any idea how it made me feel, what I was going through at the time?
Did you attempt to make direct contact with me to find out?
No, you indirectly jumped on the bandwagon of others who had quite obvious scores to settle with Dr Michael Naughton, and others, and in so doing you were used as a platform to further their egos and agendas.
As a journalist I suspect you are aware of the snowball effect caused by this type of speculation. It fed right into the hands of many people who also had personal agendas, including Simon Halls family who attempted to cover their tracks and muddy the waters. https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/capel-st-mary-simon-hall-s-mother-s-shock-at-his-murder-confession-1-2323767
I was not only another of Simon Halls victims, I was also a victim of a false and malicious smear campaign. which continued up to Simon Halls inquest and beyond. His family were interested parties at the inquest and went out of their way to pull together a group of people in an attempt to make claim I had somehow forced a confession out of him.
Her Majesty’s Coroner and others saw through these individuals and their false allegations and of course nothing came of them. But it should be noted that after their malicious smear campaign against me and their plotting behind the scenes backfired, they subsequently all failed to turn up for the inquest. Which shows their sole intention was self serving and a quite obvious attempt to cover their own guilt and deception. What does their behaviour say about them all?
The thing is, whilst this was going on, what you and others appear to have missed was this by Dennis Eady;
”In 20 plus years of studying miscarriages of justice, while there may have been a few cases where people have for a short time maintained innocence before admitting guilt, I can think of no other high profile, widely supported case where the person has maintained innocence over many years and pursued the case through legal avenues (CCRC, Court of Appeal) and then admitted guilt.
It has happened the other way round, of course, with false confessions later retracted but never in my experience has there been any other case of this happening in a comparable
I do not know Simon Hall or what has happened to lead him to this position. I hope he will soon be well enough or honest enough to provide a full explanation. I have however met many victims of miscarriages of justice, some cleared, some still convicted, whom I believe to be innocent. For them, the struggle needs to go on more intensively than ever.
Stephen Downing confessed after 27 years to his then partner https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1395343/Bakewell-murder-officers-study-taped-confession.html and his father https://www.scotsman.com/news/uk-news/man-admitted-bakewell-tart-murder-1-569524. You could say, like father like son. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-203172/Downing-father-jailed-sex-attack.html
He was not a genuine MOJ victim anymore than Simon Hall was or Jeremy Bamber or Barry George. These men are chancers. Chancers who have jumped on the bandwagon that was once the Birmingham 6 scandal.
Many con artists have had their convictions overturned on the back of these scandals on technicalities. Their cases pollute the criminal justice system and MOJ movement and many academics, journalists and legal professionals further their careers because of cases like these but when you start digging and look a bit deeper the contamination of confirmation bias becomes clear and all is not as it seems.
I’ve found that many academics work is built on sand and has been piggybacked from other academics findings, which are quite often based on their own biases, are fundamentally flawed, outdated and misleading. Their work could be described as incestuous and one of the reasons many people’s interests aren’t aligned is because some people find it too difficult to face the painful reality that they are wrong and have made mistakes. Instead of facing up to them, they carry on regardless in the hope no one will notice.
Here’s Dr Holly Greenwood,
Going back to Natalie Smith’s Justice Gap article on Jill Dando where she claimed,
“nearly everyone has been mislead about the strength of the firearms residue evidence.
Professor Norman Fenton et al published a scientific paper showing how the gunshot residue in the Barry George case was of probative value and not neutral as was concluded at his retrial. http://probabilityandlaw.blogspot.com/2013/09/barry-george-case-new-insights-on.html
These findings should have cast doubts on Barry George’s claims of innocence.
Why has no one within the MOJ movement picked up on this and reported on it?
You’ve written about Ben Geen’s case here https://www.thejusticegap.com/miscarriage-watchdog-take-another-look-ben-geen-case/ and here https://bylinetimes.com/2019/03/13/the-justice-trap-murder-by-numbers/ and met with Professor Fenton https://www.thejusticegap.com/guilty-until-proven-innocent-book-launch-report/ yet you don’t appear to have joined the dots.
If the findings in Ben Geen’s case cast doubt on his guilt then it’s a no brainier and it must follow that the same findings cast doubt on Barry George’s innocence! http://probabilityandlaw.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-ben-geen-case-another-miscarriage.html
You’ve also written about Omar Benguit here https://bylinetimes.com/2019/05/07/the-justice-trap-no-forensics-no-cctv-17-years-in-prison-on-the-evidence-of-an-admitted-liar who like Jeremy Bamber chose to be represented by Giovanni De Stefano; he who claimed he would defend satan.
Omar Benguit was also represented by John Aidiniantz https://www.questia.com/newspaper/1G1-386780644/sherlock-s-not-so-elementary-investigation-after
Both men are convicted fraudsters. This should be setting off alarms bells.
Incidentally Michelle Diskin Bates, sister of Barry George, is patron to the Jeremy Bamber campaign. She wrote here:
“Becoming aware of a breaking-news story I began to listen in more closely. A siege was taking place at a farmhouse in England. The broadcaster relayed that five people were inside and there was great fear for their safety. As the story unfolded it became apparent that this was an older couple. A farmer and retired Magistrate, Nevill Bamber and his wife, June; their daughter, Sheila, and her six year old twin sons. Jeremy, their son, was outside with police who were trying to communicate with someone inside the house who had been seen pacing back and forth in front of an upstairs window and carrying a firearm.
A blatant lie and another red flag; not going unnoticed by others I might add http://gunfire-graffiti.co.uk/who-didnt-kill-jill-dando/
What does this tell you about Michelle’s integrity and credibility?
I urge you to read Barry George’s uncle Michael Bourke’s book, “Mike’s Story https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mikes-Story-Battle-George-murder/dp/1907163441 and Michelle Diskin Bates recently published book Stand Against Injustice https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stand-Against-Injustice-Michelle-Diskin/dp/1910786241.
If you compare and contrast the two, and cross reference some of the material contained within, you will begin to recognise Barry George is not at all like the man his sister and others have attempted to portray to the public.
He’s quite obviously devious and cunning and he’s far more on the ball and much brighter than the 40 watt bulb his barrister once described him as.
In my opinion Michelle Diskin Bates presents as a malignant narcissist, not dissimilar to Simon Halls mother; who I observed had the same character traits:
* Grandiose sense of self-importance
* Lives in a fantasy world that supports their delusions of grandeur
* Needs constant praise and admiration
* Sense of entitlement
* Exploits others without guilt or shame
* Frequently demeans, intimidates, bullies, or belittles others
I recognise many parallels between Barry George’s campaign and Simon Halls and with the benefit of hindsight can see the frantic weaving and spinning of the lies that have distorted the truth, which in turn have fueled the unsuspecting public’s opinion and denied Jill Dando and her family and friends justice.
In August 2008 Williams Clegg QC told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:
“All these cases that attract widespread publicity put huge pressure on the police and the prosecuting authorities to try to find the perpetrator and I sometimes feel that that pressure distorts the objectivity that would otherwise be present, were the publicity to be absent.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7538683.
The above statement is a clever play on words. It’s also a manipulation tactic often employed by legal professionals to defend their clients. Simon Hall was a wordsmith; some of his letters (After he confessed his guilt) can be read here: https://therealmrshspoofblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/simon-hall-letters/
If you ignore the publicity and man made conspiracy theories in the Barry George case and put aside all bias and look at the facts objectively you will be left with almost absolute certainty that Barry George killed Jill Dando. And like Simon Hall, Barry George remained at large for many months before being apprehended; giving him plenty of time to dispose of the murder weapon and other incriminating material.
According to his sisters book Barry George is still being monitored under MAPPA; ergo he is still a danger to the public. Yet Michelle minimises her brothers dangerousness as she has done since the day he was arrested. This is yet again a red flag!
Another observation to note is that Barry George and his sister chose the support of people like Don Hale, Mark Williams Thomas, Surjit Sing Clair and David Wells.
“Hale saw the Court of Appeal verdict as a personal victory. He wrote a book about the campaign and co-operated with a BBC1 drama, in which he was played by Stephen Tompkinson. But police files show that Hale falsely portrayed Downing as an artless innocent who was wrongly accused while the guilty parties got away scot free.
The files demonstrate that he suppressed evidence suggesting that Downing was indeed the likely killer of Sewell, and fabricated “facts” to implicate entirely innocent people.
His plight, as presented by his parents Ray and Juanita, caught the imagination of Hale who was the editor of the Matlock Mercury, a local Derbyshire paper. After going to see Downing 12 years ago, Hale began publicising the case. The story became a talking point when the editor suggested that the murder had actually been carried out by influential but unnamed local individuals.
Downing’s lawyers had also been active, sending a file highlighting the failures of the interviewing officers to the criminal cases review commission. In November 2000 the commission forwarded the case to the Court of Appeal and in 2002 the conviction was quashed.
Behind the scenes, Hale’s enthusiasm for his campaign had begun to run away with him. For years he had been calling for a full reinvestigation of the Sewell case, pointing to supposed new evidence implicating a number of other suspects.
The police document also says that Oulsnam later provided Hale with a number of pieces of information about Downing’s background that should have sounded alarm bells in the editor’s mind. First, there was the fact that in a job at a local bakery Downing had shown a tendency to grab the necks of staff as they handled hot items from the oven.
The document states that “inquiries with the proprietor of Bloomers bakery in the 1970s . . . confirms they dismissed him in 1971 for adverse behaviour (including causing) disruption and embarrassment to female staff by showing the content of pornographic magazines. His dismissal came after he had made ‘genitalia’ additions to gingerbread figures”.
Second, Oulsnam told Hale that Downing had been a peeping tom sex pest to a woman named Gail Harding in the spring of 1973.
Inquiries by the team, and by The Sunday Times, confirmed the incidents in which Downing allegedly tried to spy on Harding in her bedroom and tried to enter the outside lavatory while she was in it.
Third, Oulsnam made Hale aware of an alleged attack by Downing on a local woman before Sewell’s murder.
The woman, Brenda Hawley, told police in 1971 that he had grabbed her from behind in the street and forced her against a wall. Downing’s mother gave him an alibi, however, and no action was taken.
The police files state that the claims “do not in any way correspond with Hale’s notes”. “Likewise, neither the notes nor her witness statement include reference to another man ‘parked up in a dark coloured van’.”
The police team concluded that “the book content, in many places, is seriously flawed. Important features have been embellished in order to implicate suspects suggested by Hale in his book”.
Derbyshire police announced in February 2003 that its re- investigation of the murder had found that Downing was the only suspect.
A police file on Hale was prepared for the Crown Prosecution Service, which decided there was not enough evidence to support a charge of perverting the course of justice.
Hale left the Matlock Mercury in 2001. Now 53, he works for a magazine in north Wales. He has said he hopes to help free Barry George, the man convicted of murdering Jill Dando, the television presenter.
Hale, who has admitted making some “unintential mistakes”, failed to return calls. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/editor-invented-facts-to-clear-man-in-bakewell-tart-killing-fxb673cdpbb
Surjit Singh Clair
“Sentencing all three men to two years imprisonment, Judge Robert Orme said that their attempt to “play the race card” had aggravated the crime in what he described as an extraordinary case.
They sent bogus hate mail to Ms Hansen, a Labour backbencher and four athletes in the days after the assault.
“You not only entered a conspiracy, but played the race card, falsely introducing a bogus racist motive into the attack,” said Judge Orme. “It was something which would make it more credible at a time of great public sensitivity and awareness of such issues.
“You were also prepared to let the police embark on a large scale investigation in which it was quite possible that an innocent person would be investigated, arrested or even charged.”
The judge said he had no doubt that Clair, from Walsall, had played the most significant role in the plot and had taken part solely from greed.
The sales manager was jailed for a further 12 months for attempting to obtain money under false pretences by selling the story to a newspaper, although the other two men were cleared on that count. The trio denied all charges. https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/jun/09/race.world
More on Surjit Singh Clair can be found here https://www.irishtimes.com/news/jail-for-fake-race-hate-attack-1.312219
According to Barry George’s uncle, the MOJO organisation used Surjit Singh Clair to promote Barry George’s cause. http://www.effectivemedialtd.com/
Mark Williams Thomas
Blogs, articles & Court documents on Mark Williams Thomas can be found here: http://barristerblogger.com/2018/08/08/the-collapse-of-jonathan-kings-trial-raises-questions-about-surrey-police-that-go-beyond-disclosure-failures/, here https://barthsnotes.com/2018/08/11/mark-williams-thomas-issues-statement-after-judge-references-alleged-attempts-to-gain-financial-advantage-from-selling-details/, here http://www.chrissaltrese.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/King-Further-abuse-ruling-redactedapproved.pdf, here https://trollexposure.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/investigator-mastermind-or-masterfool/, here https://trollexposure.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/investigator-mastermind-or-masterfool-part-ii/, here https://trollexposure.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/investigator-mastermind-or-masterfool-part-iii/, here https://annaraccoon.com/2013/08/12/mark-williams-thomas-the-mark-of-a-man/, here https://annaraccoon.com/2013/05/09/the-family-liaison-officer/ and here https://barthsnotes.com/2018/08/09/jonathan-king-and-mark-williams-thomas-some-media-notes/
Note the comments at the bottom of this article, especially the one by Cass:. https://insidetime.org/are-you-a-victim-of-a-genuine-miscarriage-of-justice/
“Barry says: “When I was in emergency accommodation in Hackney, I was stood in a long hallway and I had a gun put to my head and was told ‘Watch your back’.“I went to the police station and told them and they gave me lip service. I was living in fear.
“There were two things in my mind: I’ve been acquitted of this crime and then I get a gun to my head.
“There was talk of a Serbian hit team involved in Jill’s killing.
“We think it must have been someone who had a link to the murder. It’s too much of a coincidence.” He added: “I didn’t get a look at them.”
The Met police confirmed a man then in his 40s reported an incident in Hackney in May 2009, but were unable to give full details of the probe.
David Wells, a criminal defence specialist at Wells Burcombe Solicitors, accompanied Barry to the police station to report the threat.
David said: “He was incredibly distressed… sweating, out of breath and in quite a state.
I’d seen Barry on many occasions and I had never seen him this distressed.
“Barry repeated that someone pointed a gun at him and made a threat – he appeared highly credible.
“He was very afraid. It could well have been someone linked to the murder of Jill Dando.
“It does seem unlikely someone would randomly select Barry out of millions in London and threaten him and put a gun to his head after his acquittal…
“If indeed it was rated as a serious complaint and investigated by police, nothing came of it.”
I don’t believe for one minute Barry George had a gun held to his head. His story sounds concocted.
There’s a wealth of information readily available online regarding these men.
Alarm bells should also have gone off when Barry George claimed in a recent ITV interview, “My conscience was clear.” Note how he used the past tense.
Research suggests psychopaths are more likely to use the past tense as it suggests a detachment from their crimes.
The Barry George campaign ran its course long ago. He has no where else to go, other than attempt to jump on the bandwagon of other campaigns and if you look you will see this is exactly what he and his sister have been doing for some years. They’ve run out of options. They’ve exhausted all avenues and support for their cause is waning.
Michelle Diskin Bates claims here https://cambridge105.co.uk/bookmark-09-03-2019/ that she can “definitely divorce the umm thriller from the real thing.”
I don’t agree and her highly manipulative book as I see it, tells a whole other story.
Being removed from the MOJ movement for some years now has allowed me the time to look in and recognise the mistakes others are making, that I once made.
“Duplicity comes from a Latin word meaning “double” or “twofold,” and its original meaning in English has to do with a kind of deception in which you intentionally hide your true feelings or intentions behind false words or actions. If you are being duplicitous there are two yous: the one you’re showing and the one you’re hiding. And—key to the idea of duplicity—you’re hiding that you in order to make people believe something that’s not true. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duplicity
I cannot understand how it seems you do not appear to be joining all the dots in some of these alleged cases of MOJ’s Jon? Of course it’s your prerogative to choose to ignore the facts which for many of us are hidden in plain sight but how can you expect change if the system, in this case – the MOJ movement, isn’t working?
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