The Commission says it considers "there is a real possibility that the Court will quash the conviction".
The Commission’s referral is based in part on new evidence that a number of officers from South WalesPolice who were involved in the Lynette White murder inquiry (the Cardiff Three case), and the Philip Saunders murder inquiry (the Cardiff Newsagent Three case), were also involved in Mr Charlton’s case and may have used investigative techniques similar to those used in the Lynette White and Philip Saunders cases and which contributed to the quashing of the convictions in those cases.
It also said a number of other factors were behind its decision:
- The credibility of a number of prosecution witnesses
- Concerns about "oppressive handling by the police of key witnesses which arguably mean that the trial amounted to an abuse of process"
- Officers breaching rules over evidence and questioning suspects
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Well a fabulous day today has ended on a spectacularly soggy note for some! Heavy rain, hail and thunder will work northwards overnight!
The Talyllyn runs from Tywyn, near Aberdovey, for more than seven miles to two villages in the south Gwynedd countryside.
Homes in parts of Tonypandy and Llwynypia are without water this evening due to a burst water main at Cilfynydd.