Op-Ed: Miscarriage of justice UK — Michael Stone and Omar Benguit

Posted Apr 17, 2013 by Alexander Baron
The two most outrageous murder convictions in the UK are both not far from the news. Michael Stone will soon be having yet another day in court.
Miscarriage of justice prisoner Omar Benguit.
Miscarriage of justice prisoner Omar Benguit.
John Aidiniantz
In Scotland, an accused cannot be convicted of a crime without corroboration. Across the border in England it appears he may be convicted without evidence, and for Omar Benguit if all the credible evidence points to another man. If you are not familiar with the case of the man convicted of the Chillenden Murders, here is the short version. If you want to take a deeper look, there are two websites devoted to the case, this one, and one maintained by Sherlock Holmes. Well, sort of.
This is no laughing matter though. As well as being an avid law student, John Aidiniantz is the founder of the Sherlock Holmes Museum and a Stone supporter. According to his information, this long drawn out application will be back in front of the Court of Appeal on June 11, but only to consider the DNA evidence the authorities lost.
There is an even bigger question here, that is although the DNA concerned - on one of the towels used to tie up the victims - does not belong to Stone, does it belong to serial killer Levi Bellfield?
If Stone wins this privately funded application, hopefully Legal Aid will be granted for a QC.
If the Michael Stone case is Britain's longest and most absurd miscarriage of justice, that of Omar Benguit is giving it a run for its money.
Benguit was subjected to three trials for the same murder, and according to a report less than two months ago, his case was still being considered by the CCRC.
It appears though that progress is actually being made behind the scenes. The murder of which Mr Benguit was convicted was almost certainly committed by psychopath and hair fetishist Danilo Restivo, though the Clown Prosecution Service will just as certainly not concede this until the Law Lords spell it out for them one letter at a time, as has sadly been the case many times before.