Case to watch: Oliver Campbell

The final stage of Oliver Campbell’s appeal against his wrongful murder conviction will be heard next week.

He lost his first appeal, had a second application for appeal turned down by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, but subsequently persuaded the CCRC he did have grounds for appeal. This appeal commenced in March, in which experts said advances in our understanding of false confessions since 1994 mean his conviction is unsafe.

Campbell admitted to shooting Baldev Hoondle in 1991, thanks to what one expert called ‘dangerous’ police interview tactics. Lawyers called his confession ‘a tissue of nonsense’ containing many incorrect details, that were themselves undermined by police intelligence.

One of Campbell’s lawyers, Michael Birnbaum KC, said he is ‘baffled’ that the government is trying to uphold this conviction.

The hearing continues on 21 May.

Find out more about the case via the Justice Gap: Oliver Campbell: ‘Crescendo of concern’ builds over 1991 murder conviction.