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Vincent Hickey charged with 15 drug offences

Posted in Murders, police and the legal system with tags , , , , , on June 15, 2012 by britishloyalist

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.

Yaseen Ali Ege murder: Jury sent home after considering verdict

Posted in islam UK, Murders, police and the legal system with tags , , on June 15, 2012 by britishloyalist

A jury has been sent home and will continue considering its verdicts in the case of Yaseen Ali Ege – a primary schoolboy said to have been repeatedly beaten until he died – on Monday.

The seven-year-old was found when firefighters answered a 999 call to his family home in Severn Road, Cardiff, almost two years ago.

He was thought to be a victim of the blaze but later discovered to have a catalogue of what were described as non-accidental injuries, including fractures.

Sara Ege, 32, denies murdering the son she gave birth to after IVF treatment and has also denied perverting the course of justice. Her husband, Yousuf Ali Ege, 38, has pleaded not guilty to failing to protect their only son.

Summing up the case at the end of a trial which began at the beginning of May, the judge, Mr Justice Royce, told jurors that cases such as this one inevitably gave rise to strong emotions.

But they had to put all feelings aside and approach their task dispassionately, calmly and fairly.

He said in order to convict Sara Ege, they had to be sure she caused the injuries which led to Yaseen’s death on July 12, 2010, failing to get the medical attention he needed to survive and then setting him on fire.
If they find she did kill her son but was suffering from an abnormality of mind at the time, then they should find her guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

To convict her husband, he said, they must be sure he knew or should have known his son could be at risk and failed to take steps.

Maths graduate Sara Ege confessed to killing Yaseen but later blamed her husband for the fatal attack and said he had forced her to take the blame.

Yousuf Ege has told the jury he never hit his child and did not threaten or intimidate his wife.

Marie Wilks M50 Murder

Posted in Murders, police and the legal system with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2012 by britishloyalist

The passage of twenty years has done nothing to diminish the horror of the murder of Marie Wilks on that June day in 1988

The images from the case are still too strong and too shocking:

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the heavily pregnant mother being abducted and stabbed as she made an emergency call from the side of the M50 motorway;
the chilling recording of the Police operative who took that call, forlornly repeating “Mrs Wilks” over and over again, with only the sound of motorway traffic coming in reply, after he’d put Marie on hold to speak to her mother;
the knowledge that the murdered woman’s eleven year old sister, who’d been left in the broken down car, walked up the motorway hard-shoulder, cradling Marie’s year-old baby in her arms, and that none of the estimated 200 cars that passed her stopped to help. She was eventually picked up by a Police car from the nearby Strensham Services.
“A totally opportunistic incident”
The crime remains as random now as it did when Marie’s father, Terry, spoke to the press before his daughter’s body was found: “I can’t imagine what happened.” he told reporters, “It baffles me, the Police and everybody.”
Police reaction to the murder of Marie Wilks >
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Police cars at the M50 murder scene

The same sentiments were expressed two days later, by Detective Chief Superintendent David Cole, who led the investigation, when Marie’s body had been discovered on embankment on the M50: “It appears to be a totally opportunistic incident.”
The question of why someone would abduct and kill a seven and a half month pregnant woman remains unanswered.
The crime could scarcely have happened in a more public place – a busy motorway early on a Saturday evening.
Straightway the Police appealed to the hundreds of motorists who drove past the scene, asking them to get in touch with them.

M50 murder scene

They must have been very confident that they would be able to piece together an accurate picture of what happened, and uncover vital clues that would help them catch the killer.
Marie’s eleven year old sister had even spoken to a man who had approached the broken down Marina on the hard shoulder.
Marie Wilks’ eleven year old sister >
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As it turned out, there were crucial flaws and contradictions in the evidence they collected from witnesses.
Different times
The case also shows how quickly the world we live in changes.
“I can’t imagine what happened. It baffles me, the Police and everybody.”
Terry Gough – Marie’s father
These days we take for granted things like mobile phones and sat navs.
Marie didn’t have a sat nav to tell her which way to turn when she made the trip to Symonds Yat on that hot summer day, and so had got lost on her way home, and strayed onto the motorway.
In 1988 mobile phones were the size of house bricks, and were an expensive luxury, so Marie had to walk more than half a mile to use a roadside emergency phone.
A Police Operator tries to speak to Marie Wilks >
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In the wake of the murder, the emergency services and others began to think about the safety of women who’d broken down on the side of the road.
It was in response to the case that the AA developed its Callsafe service – a low-cost mobile phone (for the time), linked to a control centre, that could summon appropriate help to an emergency.
The system was phased out as more and more people got their own mobile phones.
New technology and old methods
Science has also radically changed the way criminal investigations are conducted.
“A detective following his nose, and the kind of work we have been doing for 150 years, leads us to the person who commits these grave offences.”
Detective Chief Superintendant David Cole
These days we take it for granted that DNA evidence will play a key part in any investigation – back in 1988, what was then called genetic fingerprinting was still in its infancy.
Images from CCTV cameras did play some part in the Marie Wilks murder investigation, but there were nowhere near the number of cameras available back in 1988 as there are now.
New technology (for the time) was used on the case, notably the Holmes computer, developed in the wake of the Yorkshire Ripper killings. But the system, which cost £300,000 in 1988, was described by Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Stanley, the head of Worcester CID, as “not user friendly”.
DCS David Cole, profiled in the Worcester Evening News early in the investigation, put his faith in a more traditional style of policing: “No matter how sophisticated our equipment, a detective following his nose, and the kind of work we have been doing for 150 years, leads us to the person who commits these grave offences.”
Ultimately that was not to be the case with the murder of Marie Wilks.
Twenty four years on, there are still many more questions than answers surrounding her murder, but one thing is still glaringly obvious:
No-one has yet been brought to justice – no-one has yet paid the price for this brutal killing.

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Social workers hid fact they knew teenage mother was at risk from sex grooming gangs SIX YEARS before she was brutally murdered

Posted in British Government, Enemy's of Britain, immigrants, islam UK, Murders, Nonce cases, police and the legal system, scum with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2012 by britishloyalist

Laura Wilson, 17, from Rotherham had been groomed for sex by a string of British Pakistani men
She was stabbed and thrown into a canal to die for informing her abusers’ families of their sexual relationships
Council published review of her case but redacted key passages which reveal they knew she was at particular risk from Asian men

Social workers knew for six years that a teenage mother, murdered for bringing shame on the families of two Pakistani men who had used her for sex, was at clear risk from predatory Asian gangs.
Laura Wilson, 17, from Rotherham had been groomed by a string of British Pakistanis before she was stabbed and thrown into a canal to die for informing her abusers’ families of the sexual relationships.
Her killer Ashtiaq Asghar, who was 18 at the time, was given a life sentence and will serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half years after he pleaded guilty to murdering Laura in October 2010.
But it has now emerged that Rotherham County Council’s social services were well aware she was at risk and had received information about certain adults suspected of targeting her from the age of 11.

Last week the council’s Safeguarding Children Board published a serious case review but key passages which reveal they knew she was at particular risk from ‘Asian men’ had been blocked out with black lines.
The council went to court in an attempt to tried to suppress the hidden information after a uncensored copy of the report was leaked to the Times newspaper but they have now abandoned legal action.
The uncensored report confirms that Laura, identified as Child S, had dealings with 15 agencies and identified ‘numerous missed opportunities’ to protect her.
It states that she eventually became ‘almost invisible’ to care professionals.
WHAT THEY TRIED TO HIDE…
That Laura had been referred to a child exploitation project just three months after her 11th birthday.
That at one point she had been ‘taken into a car with men who encouraged her to drink alcohol’.
That when Laura was 13, she and a friend ‘were given alcohol by men at a local takeaway and were asked what they were going to give them in return’ and that her mother had immediately notified the police
That her mother ‘was shocked when it looked as though Child S was involved with older men ‘ and that ‘she had tried to get the police and social care to do something about it.’
Another censored passage which read: ‘At the centre of the Child S case is the issue of Child S’s potential involvement in sexual exploitation.
Details hidden included the knowledge that at the age of 13 Laura and a friend had been given alcohol by men at a takeaway who then asked what she would give them in return.
She had also been referred to a child sexual exploitation project just three months after her 11th birthday.
Another censored passage reveals that Laura had been ‘mentioned’ during a 2009 police inquiry that eventually led to the conviction of five Pakistani men for sex offences against three underage girls.
While the published report mentioned the fact that a friend, who Laura knew when she was 10, was ‘thought to have become involved in sexual exploitation’, it concealed the succeeding passage which read: ‘with particular reference to Asian men’.
Laura was murdered in October 2010. She was repeatedly knifed by 18-year-old Ashtiaq Asghar before pushed her into a South Yorkshire Canal, where he used the point of the knife to force her head below the surface as she fought to stay alive.
Asghar was furious after the young mother revealed details of their sexual relationship to his Muslim family and was on ‘a mission to kill’.
He exchanged a series of texts with married friend and mentor Ishaq Hussain, 22, who had also had an affair with Laura, and who the judge described as a man who regarded white girls as ‘sexual targets, not human beings’.
In one message, sent a day before he killed Miss Wilson, Asghar wrote: ‘I’m gonna send that kuffar (non-Muslim) bitch straight to Hell.’
In another he wrote: ‘I need to do a mission.’ He talked of buying a pistol and ‘making some beans on toast’, a reference to spilling blood used in Four Lions, a satirical film about suicide bombers.
Asghar is serving life in prison after he pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life. Mr Hussain was acquitted of murder by joint enterprise after a retrial.
Sentencing Asghar, Lord Justice Davis told him: ‘I take the view you came under the influence of Mr Hussain who is something of a mentor to you.
‘He seems to have regarded girls, white girls, simply as sexual targets. He does not treat them as human beings at all. You got into that mindset yourself.
‘You no doubt once had feelings for Laura but treated her with contempt in the latter stages.’

Murder: Laura was stabbed repeatedly by 18-year-old Ashtiaq Asghar before being thrown into this South Yorkshire canal to die
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In 2007, when Laura was 13, she and her family appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show. During the programme – about out-of-control children – her sister warned her that ‘your attitude is going to get you in big danger’.
Workers at a child sexual exploitation project later sent a report to social services, but no action was taken to remove her from what became a continuing spiral of sexual abuse.
By the time she was 16, she had embarked on an affair with Mr Hussain, who was then 20 and already married.
She gave birth to a daughter in June last year, but Mr Hussain refused to accept that the child was his.
Four months later, and just days before she was murdered on October 12, she ‘shamed’ Asghar and Mr Hussain by informing their families of her relationship with both men.
She told Asghar’s mother she loved her son and ‘wanted to have babies’ by him. But Mrs Asghar was furious and attempted to hit Miss Wilson with a shoe, branding her ‘a dirty white bitch’ who should ‘keep your legs closed’, the trial was told.
Alan Hazell, Chair of the Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board, said: ‘We refute in the strongest possible terms any suggestion that information was redacted from the published report for any reason other than to protect the interests of Laura’s daughter, immediate family and other third parties.’
In a statement following the publication of the review Mr Hazell denied that more could have been done to save Laura.
He said: ‘This is a wide ranging study which shows a very complex situation surrounding Child S and her child which made it difficult for agencies to engage with her.
‘There is no suggestion that anyone could have saved Child S from what ultimately happened to her but clearly her care could have been improved.

There were chances for those agencies to be more proactive in how they dealt with the case and all agencies involved accept that and apologise that the standards of service were not as high as they should have been.
‘It is vital that agencies learn from what happened here and there is clearly a commitment in Rotherham to make that happen. As the report comments, there are already many initiatives in place to ensure that services are now improved.’
Last month following the trial of nine men, mainly of Pakistani origin, who were found guilty of raping and abusing up to 47 girls – some as young as 13 – after plying them with drink and drugs Tory cabinet minister Baroness Warsi hit out at the ‘small minority’ of Pakistani men who see white girls as ‘fair game’ for sexual abuse.
She told London’s Evening Standard newspaper: ‘There is a small minority of Pakistani men who believe that white girls are fair game.
‘And we have to be prepared to say that. You can only start solving a problem if you acknowledge it first.
‘This small minority who see women as second class citizens, and white women probably as third class citizens, are to be spoken out against.’

Yaseen Ali Ege murder trial: Mother Sara Ege faints in dock

Posted in islam UK, Murders, Wales with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by britishloyalist

A mother fainted in the dock when questioned about allegedly murdering her seven-year-old son and setting his body on fire to hide her crime.

Sara Ege, 32, of Pontcanna, Cardiff, who denies murder, passed out at Cardiff Crown Court when asked about beating her son Yaseen in July 2010.

She has previously told the jury her husband Yousuf, 38, killed their son.

She denies murder. Yousuf Ege denies causing his son’s death by failing to protect him. The case continues.

The court was cleared for half an hour while Mrs Ege was revived by doctors.

After recovering she said: “My husband is the killer. I did nothing wrong, I never hurt my son.

“Yousef was hitting me and Yaseen came in the middle and was saying: “Don’t hit mummy – don’t hit mummy.”

The court heard how Yaseen died of his injuries later the same day.

Police confession
Mrs Ege claimed that after Yaseen’s death, Yousef Ege left the house and his brother Nasser came to dispose of the body.

As her brother-in-law set light to her son’s body, she screamed and tried to stop him being burned, the court heard.

“Nasser then left and I dragged Yaseen from the fire and ran downstairs to call 999,” she said.

Mrs Ege claimed she was forced to confess to murder after a beating and threats from her brother-in-law.

The court heard Mrs Ege, originally from India, had an arranged marriage originally conceived and carried out over five days.

As a maths graduate she claims she expected a well educated and successful husband but found he was a postman and part-time taxi driver.

The court has previously heard that Yaseen was originally thought to have died in an accidental house fire.

However a post mortem examination showed he was dead before the fire started.

‘Fearful’
The jury has previously been told Mrs Ege was arrested by police and told them she had beat him to death and burned his body because the devil told her to do it.

But Mrs Ege told the court: “I was too scared of Yousef to tell the truth so I went along with his version of events.

“I was fearful for my life – they told me they would kill me if I didn’t do what they said, I didn’t have any choice.

“Yaseen was my little boy and I loved him to bits I would never have done anything to hurt him.”

Mrs Ege was cross examined by Peter Birkitt, representing her husband, who said: “You never meant to kill Yaseen, but when you found that you had you panicked.

“You didn’t know what to do and that’s why you burnt the evidence of what you had been doing.”

The case continues.

Murdered Yasseen Ali’s father told detectives he had no knowledge of his son’s injuries

Posted in islam UK, Murders, Wales with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2012 by britishloyalist

The father of a murdered seven-year-old boy repeatedly told detectives in interviews that news of his son’s injuries came as a devastating shock to him.

Postal worker Yousef Ali Ege, 36, was emotional and struggled for words in the video interviews played to a jury at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday.

He told officers he had struggled to believe the details of the fractures to his son’s wrist, ribs, finger, skull and collar bone that prosecutors allege were caused by his wife Sara Ege, who denies murder, on the day young Yaseen Ali died.

“I can’t understand… I don’t know what to say… what can I say,” he said
“A doctor told me my son just passed away from the smoke without suffering any pain. Now it’s like my son suffered.

“He suffered and I didn’t know about it. I don’t know how any of those injuries appeared on him.

“I cannot believe Yaseen could have suffered like this.”
Prosecutors allege Ege must have known about the injuries caused before the fire at the family’s Cardiff home in July 2010 after which his son’s charred body was found.

Injuries found on the little boy’s body included earlier fractures which had healed and the severe abdominal damage which had split his bowel and killed him.

Asked over and over again, if he had caused them or if he knew who had, Ali repeated that he had known nothing until the findings of the post-mortem examination were revealed in disclosures read to him by his solicitor Matthew De Maid.

With Mr De Maid sitting beside him in the interview room the husband who also works as a taxi driver in the city repeatedly denied hitting Yaseen himself.

“No… No… I never hit Yaseen,” he said.

“He never complained about any pain. I was with him in the car every day taking him to school and other places he had to go.

“It is just shocking to me. I thought until now that my son passed because of the fire.

“My wife never told me about any injuries, the school never told me of any concerns, nobody picked it up. We all thought Yaseen was fit and well.

“If I had thought he was injured I would have spoken to Sara and we would have taken him to the doctor.”

Yousef Ege said the last time he saw his son, he had been standing in the hallway as he left the house some four hours before the 999 call was made by his wife to the fire service.

“He looked fine,” he said.

“He didn’t look as if he had any problems – he was just standing in the passage.”

A telephone call brought him back home as the emergency services were outside.

He said: “My wife was in the street wearing an oxygen mask. I was told Yaseen had already gone to the hospital. We went in another ambulance.”

His words were read and played on video recordings to a jury at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday, where Sara Ege, 31, the wife he married after an arranged meeting at her home in India denies murdering their child and perverting the course of justice by trying to burn his body.

Ege sits in the dock, some feet away from her, accused of failing to protect the little boy – a charge he denies.

Yaseen, whose teachers have said they noticed he was sometimes in pain and advised his mum he should see a doctor, died from what prosecutors say must have been more than one impact to his lower body.

The injuries caused were said by a pathologist to have set up a chain reaction which resulted in organ failure.

His charred body was recovered by firefighters who fought in vain to revive him on the front forecourt of the Ege’s home in Severn Road, Canton which has been described by prosecutor Ian Murphy QC as a ‘well appointed property’.

It was later discovered he had not inhaled any smoke but had been dead before the blaze started in his bedroom.

Sara Ege, a graduate in maths and statistics, who was a full time mum recovering from cancer and volunteer school helper, first told police she had been hitting Yaseen with a stick for some time.

She said she did not know why because he was such a good boy – and said she had burned his body to protect herself.

But she later withdrew that statement, instead blaming her husband for the injuries, saying he had threatened her.

She also said voices told her to start the fire she ignited with barbecue gel from their kitchen cupboard but then said someone else had done it.

Yousef Ege, one of a family of six from the Arab Emirates who settled in Cardiff when he was aged nine, told police he was present when his son was born prematurely and had a “perfect” relationship with him.

“Yaseen was my boy,” he said.

The day after his questioning, his solicitor handed a prepared statement to police which outlined his movements the day of the fire.

In it, Ege wrote: “I have a good relationship with my wife and my son – there is no violence in our family home.

“Yaseen had just moved to what we thought was a better school but did not go that day because he didn’t have a teddy to take their teddy bears’ picnic.

“He was happy whenever he went to school.

“I would like to add that we would never harm our family – we were so proud – it was everything to us.”

Returning to the catalogue of injuries noted on Yaseen’s body, he went on: “It is very distressing – I have thought about this all night and I can’t find words…

“I find it very difficult to take in – I can’t make sense of it.

“I have lost my son. I don’t know how my wife is… I find myself sitting in a police station trying to put words together.

“I cannot put words together.”

(proceeding)

marie wilks m50 murder

Posted in Murders, Wales with tags , , , on May 16, 2012 by britishloyalist

M50 murder – Timeline
The key events in the murder of Marie Wilks, and the subsequent Police investigation.

Saturday 18 June 1988
Marie Wilks drives her 13 month old son, to her parent’s house, where she picks up her youngest sister, Georgina, who was 11 years old.

The Marina car Marie was driving

Marie had only passed her driving test two months earlier, and this was her first big trip.
She was driving the family’s Morris Marina Coupe.
She drove to Symonds Yat, using country roads, to meet her husband Adrian, was instructing 43 boys from the Hereford and Worcester Army Cadet Force.
6.40pm: Last confirmed sighting of Eddie Browning – in Pontypridd. Agreed by defence and prosecution in the subsequent trial.

Police search the embankment

She left at 7pm, and didn’t mean to use the M50 motorway, but got lost on her way back to Worcester.
The car broke down on the eastbound carriageway, 700 yards from emergency phone 2076B.
Marie left the two children in the car, and walked to the emergency phone:
A Police Operator tries to speak to Marie Wilks >
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7.37pm: Marie calls the Police from the motorway, and asks them to contact her parents, and ask them to pick up her and the children.
7.40pm: The Police call her parents, but her Dad is out fishing, and has the family car.
7.41pm: The Police operator tries to relay the message back to Marie, but can’t contact her – he can only hear the background traffic.
7.44pm: Another attempt to contact Marie.
7.49pm: A squad car from Strensham Services finds Georgina walking up the hard shoulder, carrying the baby.
7.51pm: The Police Operator calls a breakdown vehicle, asking them to get to the broken down car as quickly as possible, because Marie is pregnant.
7.59pm: The Police issue a radio message that Marie is missing.
8.01pm: Marie’s mother gives the Police a description of what her daughter was wearing that day. Four squad cars go to the scene. A foot search starts. The emergency phone is found hanging down by its cord.
8.10pm: The Police helicopter is sent to scene, and uses a thermal imager, but sees nothing due to the hot weather, and the fact that Marie had only recently been murdered.
8.20pm: The Police make another call to Marie’s family, but they haven’t heard from her. Tracker dogs are sent to the scene. The search involves 50 officers
Sunday 19 June
Dawn – blood found around the emergency call box.
Marie Wilks’ eleven year old sister >
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The murder scene

Monday 20 June
6.00pm: Marie’s body found, three miles away from where her car broke down. She had been left down the embankment, on the eastbound carriageway. She’d been stabbed in the left hand side of her throat, cutting the carotid artery. She also had been hit or kicked on the left side of her head. Her jaw was broken. There was evidence that a car had driven onto the hard shoulder, then reversed behind the crash barrier.
News report of the murder of Marie Wilks. >
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Tuesday 21 June
7.30pm: Memorial service held at St George’s Church in Barbourne, where Marie had been baptised and confirmed a month before. The service was taken by the Rev. Sam Lowe.

Artist’s impression of the suspect

Wednesday 22 June
Marie Wilks Family Appeal fund launched by the Worcester Evening News and the Hereford and Worcester Army Cadet Force. It would have been the couple’s 3rd wedding anniversary.
Friday 24 June
The Police release an artist’s impression of a man seen at the scene. The description they released at the time said they were looking for a man who was “white, with thin, sharp features, a pronounced chin and a long nose, in his 20’s, of a youngish appearance. His hair was cut in the modern style, blonde, short and spiky, with possible yellow or orange highlights. He was of smart casual appearance, as if on his way to a night out. He was wearing a blue/white striped shirt, dark or royal blue trousers.”
Police reaction to the murder of Marie Wilks >
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Police begin the search

Saturday 25 June
The police stage a reconstruction.
7.00pm: Eddie Browning arrested at a social club in Pentre – about the same time the reconstruction was taking place.
Tuesday 28 June.
Eddie Browning appears in an identity parade in Worcester.

Eddie Browning

Wednesday 29 June
Edward Owen Browning charged with murder at Worcester magistrates court.
Wednesday 14 July
The inquest into Marie’s death opens.
Wednesday 20 July
Marie’s funeral in Worcester – Mourners sang the hymns, Abide With Me, and The Lord’s My Shepherd.
Saturday 6 August
A memorial service is held at Worcester cathedral.
Monday 22 August
The Marie Wilks Family Appeal fund, launched in June, tops £16,000. Sylvia, Marie’s mother says: “It is fantastic that this money has been donated, and the family are very grateful. Money cannot bring Marie back, but it will be a help to Adrian, and for (their son) later on.”
Thursday 15 December
The Marie Wilks Family Appeal fund tops £26,000.
3 October 1989
Trial of Eddie Browning starts at Shrewsbury Crown Court.
Friday 10 November
Eddie Browning found guilty of the murder of Marie Wilks.
May 1991
First appeal by Eddie Browning fails.
May 14 1994
Eddie Browning released by Appeal Court, who decided his conviction was unsafe, because evidence was kept from his trial by the Police.
Judges ruled that the jurors might have changed their mind if they had known of Police evidence about the murderer’s car, that was not disclosed at the trial.

Inspector Peter Clarke

The Police had not disclosed a video in which Peter Clarke, an off-duty West Mercia officer, was filmed four days before Mr Browning’s arrest. He was filmed, supposedly partly under hypnosis. He described a sliver-grey non-metallic non-hatchback Renault car, with chrome bumpers and the registration number C856 HFK. Mr Browning’s car was a hatchback Renault, with plastic bumpers, and the registration number C754 VAD.
The Police also failed to disclose two messages provided earlier in the enquiry by Mr Clarke, and another witness, of what they had seen on the M50. Neither message contained any reference to a C registration, although both witnesses later provided evidence referring to this letter.
Disciplinary proceedings began against Superintendent Anthony Stanley, who was accused of neglect of duty.
Eddie Browning was later awarded damages, believed to be in excess of £600,000.

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Eddie Browning cleared of illegally carrying a knife in public.

A former soldier wrongly jailed for a violent murder, was cleared yesterday of unlawfully carrying an illegal knife in a public place. Eddie Browning, 52, of The Muse, Ffynon Wen, Llanon, West Wales, served six years in jail for the 1988 M50 murder of Marie Wilks, before being released in 1994.

The pregnant housewife, 22, was found with her throat cut beside an emergency telephone on the M50 in Herefordshire, after her car had broken down.

Browning later received a substantial pay-out as compensation for the time he spent in prison.

Yesterday he successfully fought a charge of possessing an illegal lock knife in a public place despite admitting he had it on his person when he was arrested.

Magistrates in Aberystwyth accepted he had a good reason for having it at the time of his arrest on December 23 last year. He told the court he used the three-inch blade on his cattle farm to cut bails of hay and had forgotten it was in his pocket when he went out.