Andrew Malkinson, a man who spent 17 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, has been cleared by the Court of Appeal. Malkinson, now 57 years old, was wrongly convicted of the 2003 attack on a woman in Greater Manchester and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of seven years. However, new DNA evidence pointing to another potential suspect, known as Mr B, emerged and led to Malkinson's successful appeal. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) admitted that the conviction was unsafe and stated that there is now a real possibility Mr B will be charged with the attack.
Malkinson, in a speech outside court filled with anger, accused the police of kidnapping him for nearly two decades and called them "liars." He expressed his frustration with the authorities, including the police and the Criminal Cases Review Commission, who he claimed did not investigate or believe his claims of innocence. Malkinson described his 17 years in prison as a "false fantasy" forced upon him by the system. He also criticized the police for wrongfully convicting him while the real perpetrator remained free. Malkinson accused Greater Manchester Police (GMP) of covering up their wrongful conviction, exploiting unreliable witnesses, and withholding crucial evidence that could have helped his defense.
He expressed concern for the victim who was denied justice because of the GMP's flawed investigation. In his statement, Malkinson apologized to the victim for the trauma she experienced but asserted that he was not the person who attacked her. He expressed his hope that she receives the support and apology she deserves. Malkinson's mother, Trisha Hose, called for those responsible for her son's wrongful conviction to be brought to justice. She described her anguish and frustration at not being able to help her son during his many years in prison. Hose maintained her belief in Malkinson's innocence throughout his ordeal.
Speaking on behalf of legal charity Appeal, Emily Bolton highlighted the failures of both the Court of Appeal and the Criminal Cases Review Commission in addressing the evidence disclosure failures that led to Malkinson's wrongful conviction. She called for transparency, accountability, and reforms within the justice system to prevent similar miscarriages of justice in the future. Greater Manchester Police issued an apology to Malkinson and the rape victim, expressing their deep regret for the grave miscarriage of justice. They acknowledged the trauma suffered by Malkinson and the victim, and vowed to follow all new lines of inquiry to hold the true offender accountable. Malkinson's case serves as a reminder of the need for improved investigation procedures, evidence disclosure, and accountability within the criminal justice system to prevent innocent individuals from being wrongfully convicted.