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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 November next David would have been incarcerated by the State for 21 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 14th April

Well, unsurprisingly one of the less reputable red-banner Sunday newspapers picked up on my last blog.

Rather than print a balanced article it declared outrage and scandal that a convicted prisoner dare speak out against sexual identity intolerance and discrimination. It takes no effort or skill to write a piece devoid of balance and designed to scandalize and tittilate. After all, to investigate and report all the facts of a case such as mine would take an open mind, a degree of professionalism and a great deal of tenacity. These are the qualities that define a true journalist to a common 'hack'.

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Dave's Blog 17th March

I haven't written a blog for a while due to events brought about by Covid.

In that time the prosecution responded to my appeal application to the the Court of Appeal. Needless to say they have refuted all of the appeal points that I raised and entered. Their rebuttal and my submissions are now awaiting review by a single judge at the Court of Appeal. Until that process is completed and the single judge has formally issued his verdict it would be inappropriate to explore this further. Hopefully the single judge's decision will be given within the next 2 to 4 weeks.

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Dave's Blog 28th December

As we move in to 2021, I do so with hope. During 2020 very positive steps forward were made with my appeal.

This only occurred once I parted ways with my legal representation, and along with my web-site manager presented my case to the Court of Appeal myself. All of the appeal points which have been submitted were available to my former solicitors Wells Burcombe, yet they were incapable of getting my appeal to where it is now. Also, Wells Burcombe were unable to uncover key issues that have now moved my appeal to where it is at the Court of Appeal currently instead, that was achieved through this web-site and the diligence of my web-site manager.

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Dave's Blog 3rd December

Last month my case worker informed me that my application to be referred to a single judge for consideration. This is stage 2 of 3 in the appeal against conviction process.

First of all my case worker will finalize her report. That is then sent to the prosecution for them to comment upon. I will then be given the opportunity to make any rebuttal of the prosecutions comments that I feel is applicable or necessary. Once that is all done then a date will be set for the single Court of Appeal judge to review everything. This judge will then decide whether or not to refer my case for a full appeal hearing before 3 judges.

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Dave's Blog 30th October

Two weeks ago my former solicitor sent me the last of the document evidence requested by he Court of Appeal. The CoA now has that and everything will now be reviewed by my case administrator there. Once this review is completed she will ask the prosecution for their response to her findings. Then a decision will be made whether or not to refer my appeal application to a single CoA judge. I have been told that this will take around 6 to 8 weeks before a decision is finalised.

I have had a new parole panel hearing date of January 26th 2021 set. Unfortunately my parole solicitor already has parole hearings scheduled for that date, so he has no choice other than to request that an alternative date be set. With the country slipping further back into Covid restrictions this may well have been a good thing. The prisons' video link facilities are not the best, so a hearing of this sort could be disrupted due to technological issues. I strongly feel that a parole hearing needs to be face-to-face.

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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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