Writer convinced killer is innocent

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AN AUTHOR from Chesterfield has vowed to continue helping a convicted killer clear his name – after the case was not referred to the Court of Appeal.

Scott Lomax, from Brimington, has written a book about multiple murderer Jeremy Bamber, questioning the basis of his conviction. Mr Lomax is convinced he is innocent, but the Criminal Cases Review Commission refused to refer the case to the Court of Appeal for it to be challenged.

The author of Jeremy Bamber: Evil, Almost Beyond Belief? said: “Having worked on the campaign for eight years I am very disappointed by the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s decision.

“I am convinced the new evidence in Jeremy’s case was compelling and should have been assessed at the Court of Appeal.

“I have no doubt it would have shown a miscarriage of justice had taken place. The fight will go on. I will continue to campaign for Jeremy until the day he walks free.”

Bamber is serving life after being found guilty of murdering five relatives in 1985.

He has always protested his innocence and claims his schizophrenic sister Sheila Caffell shot the family before turning the gun on herself in a remote Essex farmhouse.

But after reviewing material provided by Bamber’s legal team, the Criminal Cases Review Commission said it had reached “a provisional decision not to refer his murder convictions to the Court of Appeal”.

The CCRC said it had sent Bamber’s legal team an 89-page document “setting out in detail the Commission’s analysis of the case and reasons for the provisional decision”.

A spokesman said: “As is usual with commission cases reaching this stage, Mr Bamber and his team have been invited to respond to the commission’s case analysis and the reasons for its provisional decision.

“Given the lengthy and highly complex nature of the case, we have given Mr Bamber and his team three months in which to respond. The commission will then consider whatever representations it receives before making a final decision.”

Last year it emerged photos which were used as prosecution evidence were to be reviewed after an expert claimed there were discrepancies on crime scene pictures. Bamber’s defence team claimed the images could help overturn the convictions.

They said the images seemingly showed the gun resting in different positions on Ms Caffell’s body and around the bedroom and missing from another of the photos.

Bamber, in prison in York, has been behind bars for 24 years for shooting his adoptive parents June and Neville, his sister Ms Caffell, and her six-year-old twin sons Daniel and Nicholas.

He lost a Court of Appeal challenge in 2009 against an order that he must die behind bars, and has twice lost appeals against conviction.