Daily Mail questions fishermen's cocaine conviction

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

 

Daily Mail questions fishermen's cocaine conviction

The Galwad-Y-Mor fishing boat at the centre of the Isle of Wight cocaine conspiracy case.

QUESTIONS have been raised by a national newspaper about the case of a group of Isle of Wight fisherman convicted for a £53m cocaine conspiracy.

A Daily Mail report at teh weekend raised doubts about the conviction of Islanders Jamie Green, Jonathan Beere, Daniel Payne and Scott Birtwistle and crewmate Zoran Dresic and followed a similar article in Private Eye in November.

The men were jailed for more than 100 years in total, following a trial in June 2011 and several of them had have had appeals rejected.

As reported by the County Press in November, the men have mounted a fresh campaign with internationally renowned lawyers McCue & Partners, to clear their names through the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

In its report, the Daily Mail raised questions about whether it was possible for the drugs to have been thrown off a container ship and collected by the fishermen in the way it was claimed in court.

It also questioned evidence given by key police witnesses and suggested evidence it had obtained, about whether any drugs were ever on the container ship involved, undermined the entire case.

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