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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 this November David would have been incarcerated by the State for 19 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.

News

Dave's Blog 24th July

Since my application to appeal my conviction was accepted by the Court of Appeal (CoA) for consideration there have been several questionable occurrences:-

  1. A letter from the CoA was given to me severely damaged. One long edge neatly slit open, the first (key) page 'missing', the remainder then soaked so as to render it almost unreadable.
  2. Police turned up to the prison wanting to 'speak' to me, without having booked a visit with the prison first, or having sent me a letter to inform me that they were intending to visit beforehand.
  3. Another letter from the CoA given to me by the prison, open, in a plain brown prison envelope.
  4. A third letter to me from the CoA given to me open and 8 days after it had been posted, making it impossible for me to carry out the CoA's request in the time frame set out by the CoA.

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Dave's Blog 24th June

Firstly I hope that anyone reading this has managed to remain safe and well during the pandemic lock-down.

Shortly after the Court of Appeal (CoA) accepted my application for investigation the police turned up unannounced at HMP Wakefield asking to speak to me. For obvious reasons I refused. Firstly, there is absolutely nothing that the police could need to 'speak' to me about. Had there been any basis to their visit correct procedure would have been followed. This means prior notification of their intention to visit, prior disclosure of the reason for the visit, and sufficient time and opportunity for me to arrange for a solicitor to attend to be given. Since this event I have submitted a formal application to the prison's police liaison officer to provide the names of the police officers, and force details so that I may lodge a formal complaint with the relevant authority. That remains unanswered. Clearly this was no more that yet another underhanded 'fishing-trip' and a complete abuse of public funds.

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Dave's Blog 31st May

Having been let down by numerous solicitors when it came to the crunch with my appeal against conviction, I put my own application together for the Court of Appeal. On Tuesday 26th May 2020, the prison informed me that my submissions had been accepted by the COA, and that I am now officially an appellant. The COA's investigation team will now call in documents and evidence from the various parties of interest and consider whether to refer my case to the single judge. I am realistic in that this is only the first step on a difficult journey but, I am also cautiously confident.

My application has been submitted on the following facts:

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Dave's Blog 22nd May

First of all, my application to appeal my conviction was posted to the High Court, Appeal Division on Tuesday 12th May.

My application is structured around the following points:-

  1. Misrepresentation of the crime DNA evidence.
  2. New up to date DNA test results.
  3. The prosecutions failure to disclose forensic documentation.
  4. Failure of 2 of the prosecution's 'expert' witnesses to provide full disclosure to the defence.
  5. Failure of the prosecutions forensic expert to provide truthful DNA evidence at trial.
  6. Failure of the prosecution to disclose evidence supporting the defendants alibi.
  7. The police and CPS' continued refusal to disclose evidence, beneficial to the defence, which was withheld at trial.

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Dave's Blog 29th April

It's been a very different month for obvious reasons. Whilst the prison is in general lock-down I am still out working every day. In that sense I am lucky.

However, the lock-down is exposing the governments failure to invest in the modernisation of prisoners' facilities. Crucial family contact has been severely restricted to a few minutes phone call each day. This is not the same though as being able to see your loved ones.

Meaningful prisoner education has come to a halt. If prisoners had restricted in-cell I.T. and controlled internet connectivity both education and visual family contact could have continued. It must not be overlooked that these two factors are recognized as being crucial to addressing offending behaviour, and facilitating prisoners successful release back in to the community.

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Articles

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.

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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.

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