The Commission says it considers "there is a real possibility that the Court will quash the conviction".
– Criminal Cases Review Commission
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