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CPS pays ‘significant sum’ over ‘lamentable’ failures to disclose critical evidence

Posted on 7th October 2016

The Crown Prosecution Service has been forced to pay-out a ‘significant amount’ for repeatedly withholding the evidence that led to a man’s conviction being overturned but only after he spent six years in prison. Conrad Jones was wrongfully convicted of perverting the course of justice during the investigation into murder of Clinton Bailey.

The settlement, which is to be kept confidential but the Guardian reports is likely to be over £100,000, was agreed following a legal challenge brought by Jones against the CPS for misfeasance in a public office. This followed failure to disclose critical evidence undermining the case against Jones during his prosecution in 2007. Jones also claimed that the CPS’ conduct breached his right to a fair trial. The pay out comes just days after the Court of Appeal cleared two of the men charged in the murder.

Mr Conrad Jones was represented by Sasha Barton, a partner in the Civil Liberties Team.