Cardiff students help overturn murder conviction

A group of Cardiff University law students have successfully proved the innocence of a man convicted for murder.

Dwaine George spent 11 years in prison for the 2001 shooting of 18-year-old Daniel Dale in Manchester. He was jailed for life in 2002, eventually being released in 2013 on a life license.

George claimed to be innocent throughout and his case was taken up by the Cardiff students working as part of the university’s Innocence Project, where students work under the supervision of solicitors and barristers on cases of long-term prisoners who maintain their innocence.

The Court of Appeal quashed George’s conviction this week, ruling that new scientific evidence relating to gunshot residue, found on a coat at George’s home on his arrest in 2001, meant that his conviction was unsafe.

In his judgment, Sir Brian Leveson thanked the students involved in the case, saying: “In addition to expressing our gratitude to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, we pay tribute to the work of the Innocence Project and Pro Bono Unit at Cardiff Law School, which took up the appellant’s case and pursued it so diligently.”

Gregg Latchams trainee Caitlin Gallagher, who first worked on the case as a student, said: “Dwaine inspired the team at Cardiff Law School to join his long journey to clear his name through a scheme that doesn’t just educate, but enthuses and assists students to pursue a career in criminal law.

“I feel extremely lucky to have been part of such a unique and driven team of staff and students, all working towards overturning miscarriages of justice.”

In 2012, Cardiff students assisted a campaign to reform the doctrine of joint enterprise, which critics claim has led to many wrongful convictions in the UK.


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30 Nov 2012: Manchester law students work to fill legal aid hole

24 Sep 2012: Cardiff students to assist calls for law reform

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