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Wirral grandfather set to graduate university for the FIFTH time

Robin has degrees in history, business management, communications and jazz music Credit: ITV News.

It's that time of year when students are waiting nervously to hear how they've done in their exams.

We're meeting one man who's chosen to go through that agony again and again.

Robin Thomas will graduate from the University of Salford later this month.

And it won't be the first time. In fact, the 75-year-old has more degrees than some people have GCSEs.

Our correspondent Andy Bonner went to his home in Wirral to meet him.

Wirral man who served 19 years for wife's murder in new bid to challenge conviction

Eddie Gilfoyle Credit: Press Association.

A man from Wirral who served 18 years behind bars for the murder of his heavily-pregnant wife, has launched a new legal action in a long-running fight to have his conviction overturned.

Eddie Gilfoyle was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court in 1993 of killing former factory worker Paula Gilfoyle and faking her suicide.

Paula, 32, was eight-and-a-half months pregnant when she was found hanging in the garage of the couple's home at Upton, Wirral, Merseyside, on June 4 1992.

Her death was initially treated as suicide.

Mr Gilfoyle has always insisted he is innocent but has so far failed to successfully challenge his conviction.

Last year, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), an independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice, declined to refer his case back to the Court of Appeal for a further review.

Mr Gilfoyle was at the High Court in London today seeking a judicial review of the CCRC's decision, arguing its reasoning in reaching its conclusion was "fundamentally misguided in a number of critical respects".

Mr Gilfoyle, who is now in his 50s, wants the Court of Appeal to reconsider the "safety" of his conviction in the light of "fresh evidence" derived from Paula Gilfoyle's personal diaries and papers.

His case was previously referred to the Court of Appeal by the CCRC, but in 2000 three leading judges ruled that his conviction was safe.

A decision on Mr Gilfoyle's application will be given at a future date as the judges adjourned the proceedings for submissions to be provided in writing by the CCRC.

"This material had, and has, the capacity to provide an important counter-weight to the evidence of her positive disposition that was called at trial."

– Ben Emmerson QC, legal representative for Eddie Gilfoyle


Police appeal to public to find wanted man

Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public's help to trace an 18-year-old man from Birkenhead who is wanted for failing to attend court and is being recalled to prison.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Joshua Lynch of Hartington Avenue, for failing to attend Wirral Magistrates Court on 7 June 2017 in connection with an alleged offence of affray and possession of a bladed article. Lynch is also wanted because he is being recalled to prison for failing to cooperate with Probation services.

In November 2016, Lynch was given a suspended sentence for threatening behaviour.

He was released on licence on the condition that he lived at a premises on Southwood Road in Liverpool, and attended appointments with the Probation service. Lynch has failed to comply with that condition and has also failed to attend Court for further matters of Affray and Possession of a bladed article.

Lynch is a white male, 5ft9in tall, medium build and has blue eyes and light brown hair.

Anyone who has seen Joshua Lynch or who knows of his whereabouts, is asked to call Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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