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.
Dave's Blog 30th November
It is 20 years this year since I was wrongly convicted. Unsurprisingly it has given me cause for some reflection. Particularly about how little attention is given over to the failures of the criminal justice system that then facilitate the conviction of the innocent.
With an election looming the Conservatives are again exploiting the media to pander to the "hang 'em high" brigade about getting tougher on crime and the convicted. Nothing is being said about addressing the failings of the criminal justice system that enables the conviction of the innocent, and then the continued abuses of power and disadvantageous system that sets an almost impossibly high threshold for the wrongly convicted to get back in to the appeal court. To quote Daniel Defoe (1689-1731),
"I hear much of people's calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent."
Dave's Blog 12th November
It has been a while since my last blog. Principally because I have been swamped in a mountain of paperwork and studies.
The CCRC have been reviewing my application to have my appeal case investigated for over a month now. Whilst I have had no direct feedback I feel it positive that they are taking time to review the issues I have submitted as a sign that they are taking them seriously.
The preparation for my parole hearing continues. My legal counsel has had an independent report by an eminent psychologist prepared, and is now in the process of commissioning a second. The date for the hearing is still to be set. The indications were that it was to be December. However it now seems that it will be February or March 2020.
Dave's Blog 26th August
The CCRC have confirmed receipt of my application to have my conviction reviewed and my follow-up letter clarifying the specific details of why I feel that my case should be considered for review. It is now a case of waiting for my application to be considered by them. I have to be realistic about the fact that the CCRC refer a very small percentage of applications sent to them on to the court of appeal. However, if the CCRC reject my application I have an alternative strategy ready to set in motion.
Dave's Blog 28th July
I'll begin this blog with the news that my application to have my case heard by the Court of Appeal has been sent to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). I am confident that my application has been strengthened by a recent case that was upheld by the Court of Appeal. I now have to wait for the CCRC to decide whether my case merits a full review by their investigators. If this is the case, the CCRC have the powers to compel Kent police, CPS and their trial expert witnesses to disclose the evidence they withheld at my trial.
A 'paper' hearing parole review of my case will be held any day now. At this, the parole board will review my case based on reports entered by the prison, my external probation officer etc., and representations submitted by my solicitor. My solicitor has requested an 'oral' hearing to be convened due to inaccuracies and unsupportable clauses in reports entered by the aforementioned parties. The parole panel will either approve or deny my solicitors request.
Dave's Blog 5th July
My parole dossier was disclosed to me late last month. Its contents are nothing less than I expected. My legal team will now prepare my representations in rebuttal. In some instances report authors have tried so hard to portray me in as negative manner as possible that the lack of objectivity is blatantly obvious. My legal team and I are now waiting for the date of my parole panel to be set.
In the meantime I am working daily on my appeal application so that it may be submitted to the CCRC (Criminal Cases Review Commission). I am hoping to have submitted it by early August. A recent legal ruling at the Court of Appeal has given me added hope that the CCRC will refer my case to the Court of Appeal. With the factors this new ruling establishes in conjunction with the proof I have that the police and CPS withheld crucial evidence benefitting my defence, there is a strong argument that had the jury in my case heard all of the withheld evidence reasonable doubt would have been established to produce a not guilty verdict.
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.