Vincent Hickey charged with 15 drug offences

ONE of the men wrongly convicted of the murder of Midland paperboy Carl Bridgewater has been charged with multiple drug offences.

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Vincent Hickey, 54, was arrested by West Mercia Police and is due to appear at Redditch Magistrates Court next week.

He has been charged with 15 drug offences including possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, namely heroin.

Hickey was one of three men jailed in 1979 for the murder of the 13-year-old paperboy at Yew Tree Farm in Stourbridge.

He and his cousin Michael Hickey and Jimmy Robinson were jailed for life and a fourth man, Patrick Molloy, was jailed for manslaughter.

The men always protested their innocence and became known as the Bridgewater Four during their long campaign to have the convictions quashed.
They were eventually freed in 1997 when the prosecution accepted that fresh evidence left the case against them fundamentally flawed.

Dad-of-one Hickey, from Redditch, will appear before magistrates on June 6.

He is charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug; two counts of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug; possession of a Class C drug; possession of a Class A drug; and two counts of possession of a Class B drug.

Hickey is also charged with possession of a Class C drug; possession with intent to supply a Class A drug; possession of a Class A drug; possession with intent to supply a Class A drug; possession of a Class A drug; possession with intent to supply a Class A drug; possession of a Class A drug and possession of a Class C drug.

It is understood the alleged offences occurred between July and October 2011.

Speaking earlier this year, on the eve of the 15th anniversary of his release, Vincent Hickey told how he is haunted by memories of the 19 years he spent behind bars.

He also said he hopes that the real killers of 13-year-old Carl will eventually be caught.

“It may be 15 years since I was freed from prison, but in my head I am still locked up inside. I will never be free of this,” he said.

“I saw prisoners pouring saucepans of boiling fat over each other, stabbings and I must have witnessed more than 20 murders.

“Now I see all of this in my dreams and I am always fighting for my life. My heart pounds when I wake up and when I go to sleep the nightmares begin again.”

“I think if they found who really did it, it would be a big help to me.”

The 54-year-old revealed he suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome after he was wrongly jailed for shooting Carl at the isolated Yew Tree Farm in September, 1978.

Hickey, his cousin Michael and James Robinson walked free from jail on February 22, 1997 after the High Court quashed their murder convictions.

Patrick Molloy was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter but died in prison in 1981 before his application for leave to appeal could be heard.

James Robinson died in 2007, after losing a battle with lung cancer.

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