David Ferguson is Innocent
Following a quite astonishing discovery, Steve Sinclair has written an update to his article (first published in 2014) that now shows that David Ferguson is completely innocent of the murder of Susan Kent, beyond any doubt whatsoever. Please download it here:-
The Case Of David Ferguson (2nd Edition)
If you haven't read the original article it would be of use to download and read that first here:-
The Case Of David Ferguson
The new evidence revealed in Steve's updated article has completely vindicated our views as to the evidence as a whole in David's case. We always knew that the Crown had willfully and shamelessly withheld crucial evidence proving David's innocence.
Shockingly though, come November next David would have been incarcerated by the State for 22 years for a brutal murder that someone else committed.
Please take some time to read about his case. If, like us, you believe Dave is completely innocent and you would like to send us a message of support then you can do that here. If you would like to lend more tangible support then please let us know how you can help.
Finally and most importantly if you have any information that might help Dave's case please do not hesitate to contact us. All information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. Thank you.
Bob Woffinden 1948-2018
Steve Sinclair writes: It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of my good friend Bob Woffinden, who lost his battle with mesothelioma cancer at the age of 70 on 1st May 2018. It was Bob who'd initially taken an interest in and wrote about Dave's case and subsequently passed on his case files to me so that I could continue the investigation.
I first met Bob nearly ten years ago after contacting him about whether any new progress had been made in one of his pet cases, the A6 murder. We built up a good rapport over the years, corresponding and talking about a myriad of different miscarriage cases he had been contacted about. He even extended the privilege of asking me to proof read his last book The Nicholas Cases.
Bob will be sorely missed. That may seem a bit of a cliche, yet this country has very few journalists doing real investigative work as it is, without losing without doubt the best writer on miscarriages of justice since Paul Foot or Ludovic Kennedy. Yes he was that good. RIP Bob.
Both Dave and myself extend our sincerest condolences to Bob's family.
The crime journalist Duncan Campbell wrote a touching obituary for Bob in The Guardian on 11th May 2018.
Dave's Blog 18th March
It's been a while since I last posted an update. At the moment I am considering the best way in which to move my
appeal pursual forwards.
The reasons the Court of Appeal dismissed my application were disheartening to say the least. The panel of judges
clearly did not understand key elements of my submissions. Particularly the evidence of my alibi that continues to
be withheld by Kent Police and CPS. The Court of Appeal judges took the view that this evidence relates to my
father. It does not and cannot in any way.
Dave's Blog 14th January
Just before the end of 2021, I received the Court of Appeal's judgement detailing the reasons that they rejected my
- They found that the passage of time in which it has taken to submit my application was too long. This ignored
factors such as evidence not coming to light until some 14 to 15 years after my conviction or that I had been
let down time and again by solicitors. For example, Wells Burcombe wasted almost 10 years. This also ignores the
fact that the CPS and police regularly pursue convictions against people after several decades. So much for a
fair and balanced scales of justice.
Dave's Blog 10th October
It is several months since my last blog. In that time a fair bit has happened.
Firstly, the Court of Appeal rejected my application. As of yet I still don't know why. This is because it takes 6-9 weeks for the judgement to be published. Once it is I have a solicitor who has said that they will look at it and advise me as to how best to move forwards. No matter what, the fight to prove my innocence is not over and will continue.
Dave's Blog 30th July
Since my last blog I have responded to the Court of Appeal summary. The next step will be an unrepresented hearing based upon all the submitted documents. The result of this hearing will decide whether or not my application for appeal receives a full hearing or not
At the end of this month I will attend my first parole hearing. As a Cat-A lifer who stoicly maintains my innocence I am going in to this with no expectations whatsoever. my solicitor, who is probably the best in his field, has put together representation that I cannot fault, but I am realistic about the probable outcome.
Dave's Blog 8th June
The parole board are yet again facing unfair accusations in response to their having recommended the release of a high profile life sentenced prisoner.
As usual MP's who wish to incite outrage are levelling all manner of accusations against the parole board. Such positions by these factions boost election ratings, sell newspapers and increase viewer ratings. However, the vitriol levelled at these parole board decisions cannot be justified.
Dave's Blog 9th May
In mid April I received the single judges verdict on my application for appeal, which was a rejection.
Whilst not entirely unexpected, the Court of Appeal have an almost notorious reputation for excessively high thresholds, the reasons for my application rejection raised significant concerns. My application was re-submitted along with a 14 page document detailing concerns regarding the single judges decision reasoning. That was received within 14 days by the official notification that my 'renew' application has been registered and is to be scheduled for a full hearing in due course.
Bob Woffinden Writes...
Bob Woffinden, Britain's leading writer on miscarriages of justice, has given us permission to use this article he wrote about Dave's case for the June 2010 issue of Inside Time.
Susan Kent's body was found in the front bedroom of her house at about 4.15 in the afternoon of 24 November 1999.
She worked part-time both as a schools dinner lady and also as a childminder. She had a young son and it was because she had neither arrived at work as normal around midday nor picked her child up from school that the alarm was raised. She had separated acrimoniously from her son's father, and it was her mother who went round to her house on the outskirts of Gillingham, Kent and found the body.
A message from Dave
David Ferguson has been in prison for a crime he didn't commit since November 2000. Here he speaks to you about his plight and his fight for justice.
For over a decade I have sat in prison for a murder that I did not commit. Unless you experience this torment first hand it is impossible to conceive. It is an experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.
Do not believe what can be read in the press, prison is no holiday camp, especially when you don't belong here. It is an environment where those in power seize every opportunity to belittle, humiliate and abuse those who that they are supposed to be rehabilitating. It is an environment controlled by psychologists whose agenda is nothing less than to push prisoners to breaking point.