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Stephen DOWNING

 
 
 

 

Stephen Downing, pictured on holiday in 1973.

 

 

Stephen Downing with his parents during weekend leave.

 

 

Stephen Downing walks into the world after 27 years.

 

 

Downing was released on appeal in 2001 after 27 years in prison. The following year, 2002,
 the Court of Appeal overturned Downing's conviction, finding it to be unsafe.

 

 

Stephen Downing

 

 

The case of Stephen Downing is thought to be the longest miscarriage of justice in British
legal history, and attracted worldwide media attention as the "Bakewell Tart" murder.

 

 

Stephen Downing was released from Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire in 2001. He initially found
employment as a trainee chef in a Bakewell restaurant, using the training he had been given
whilst in prison. However, he later reported that he couldn't find anyone to employ him.

 

 

He received compensation of 750,000 because he was not informed he was
under arrest nor that he had the right to a solicitor.

 

 

Stephen Downing, right, and Don Hale.

 

 

Don Hale has been campaigning for Downing's release.

 

 

 

 

The victim

 

32 year old legal secretary, Wendy Sewell.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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