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The case for decriminalisation 0

The case for decriminalisation

This short essay by Mark was published in ‘Crime and Consequence’. You can read a free PDF version of this excellent book, curated by Clinks as part of the Monument Fellowship, or purchase your...

Open Letter to the Lord Chancellor – Rt. Hon. David Gauke 0

Open Letter to the Lord Chancellor – Rt. Hon. David Gauke

Mark and his family would like to thank everyone who supported their petition to the Lord Chancellor, Rt. Hon. David Gauke MP (below). Unfortunately, the Ministry of Justice has not granted the media access...

Mistake #8 0

Mistake #8

Samuel “insisted his son attend the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris Mark was “determined to finally have his way, weeks before he was due to start studying in the French capital”. Samuel “refused to...

Mistake #7 0

Mistake #7

Mark “resented his father’s meddling, according to his girlfriend” Mark “had had enough of being bossed around”. Mark was “driven by the knowledge that only with his father out of the way could he...

Mistake #6 0

Mistake #6

“Girlfriends were not permitted. Samuel Alexander would have seen them as a distraction”. Samuel “saw no room for girlfriends”. “Girlfriends were not welcome”. Samuel “disapproved of Mark having a girlfriend”. Samuel “barred him from...

Mistake #10 0

Mistake #10

Samuel was “barely mobile”, “increasingly frail”, and “walked with a stoop”. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al This is plainly not true. As the Honourable Judge Reddihough remarked in sentencing: “There is...

Mistake #9 0

Mistake #9

“Mark maintained that Sami was living with him in London”. “Mark said he was living in a close Egyptian community in London with friends”. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al The semantics...

Mistake #5 0

Mistake #5

“The nozzle from a petrol can, heavy-duty black gloves, and a roll of black plastic sheeting” were found in the house. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al What sensible household doesn’t have...

Mistake #4 0

Mistake #4

“Forensic studies of the body indicated that Samuel had probably been murdered in early September”. “Traces found in the garage suggested that the body had been stored there for 2 months before being buried”....

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Mistake #3

“Weeks after the disappearance… neighbours noticed there was a smell of ‘rotting sheep’ from the property”. SP “could not help but notice the strange smell that appeared to be emanating from Samuel’s home”. “At...

Mistake #2 0

Mistake #2

Mark “battered his father to death”. Police discovered Samuel’s “dismembered body and battered skull”. Samuel died “having suffered blows to the head”. – Excerpts from the Daily Mail et al We simply don’t know...

Mistake #1 0

Mistake #1

“Gifted son gets life for butchering pushy father”. “He is accused of attempting to dismember him with a saw”. “He… tried to cut it up with an electric saw”. “A blade from a saw...

10 things the Daily Mail got wrong about the trial of Mark Alexander 0

10 things the Daily Mail got wrong about the trial of Mark Alexander

This article could just as easily have been called ’Ten ways the Daily Mail were misled by the crown prosecution service’, because in many ways the press isn’t to blame for the inaccuracies and...

The Suppliant’s Song – a Hymn written in prison 0

The Suppliant’s Song – a Hymn written in prison

Mark’s faith has been an important source of strength for him in prison. Many have been moved by Mark’s music in Church, where he plays the piano and violin for the weekly services. Mark...

Book Review: Parole and Beyond – International Experiences of Life after Prison 0

Book Review: Parole and Beyond – International Experiences of Life after Prison

Parole and Beyond – International Experiences of Life after Prison, Ruth Armstrong and Ioan Durnescu (eds.) Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (2016) ix + 319pp. ISBN: 978-1-349-95117-8 (Hardback), 978-1-349-95118-5 (eBook) Price: $99.99 (Hardback), $69.99 (eBook) Originally...

Ministry of Justice Press Office refuses request from journalist 0

Ministry of Justice Press Office refuses request from journalist

Letter to the Head of News, External Communications Dear Madame,  Thank you for your letter of 31 August. I appreciate you giving our request some consideration. I must say, I was extremely surprised by...

Innocence Projects – Green Shoots 0

Innocence Projects – Green Shoots

Mark Alexander writing on the resurgence and growth of innocence projects in universities Originally published in Criminal Law and Justice Weekly – Issue 23 (2016) 180 JPN 411 – 415 [1]      Over the past...

The Legacy of Magna Carta 0

The Legacy of Magna Carta

This June marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, much lauded as the foundation stone of our British legal system. It was the one of the first documents to hold our leaders accountable...

We need our Innocence Projects now more than ever 0

We need our Innocence Projects now more than ever

A shorter version of this article was first published on the Justice Gap The announcement that Innocence Network UK (INUK) had disbanded in September 2014 came as a real shock to those of us on...

Mark issues statement regarding CCRC’s refusal to refer his case 0

Mark issues statement regarding CCRC’s refusal to refer his case

In 2015, the CCRC opted not to refer our first application to the Court of Appeal In spite of the new evidence we presented to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), it has decided...

CCRC response to formal complaint 0

CCRC response to formal complaint

This was the CCRC’s formal response to Mark’s complaint, following their decision not to refer his case to the Court of Appeal. You can read Mark’s reaction here.

DipABRSM Certificate and Examiner comments 0

DipABRSM Certificate and Examiner comments

Mark studied for his Diploma in Music Performance (DipABRSM) whilst in prison. You can find his recital programme here.

DipABRSM Programme 0

DipABRSM Programme

This is a copy of Mark’s Programme, written for his Diploma in Music Performance (DipABRSM). He sat the exam in prison and was awarded a Merit.

Prisoner Suffrage – Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill 0

Prisoner Suffrage – Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill

The Joint Committee on the draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill – comprised of 6 MPs and 6 Peers –recently invited interested organisations and individuals to tender written evidence as part of their inquiry into...

Serious Case Review 0

Serious Case Review

This is an executive summary (not the full report) of the original 34-page Serious Case Review (SCR) commissioned by the police in March 2010, and conducted by Buckinghamshire County Council (pdf below). Three of...

Memorial Service Eulogy 0

Memorial Service Eulogy

Although Mark wasn’t allowed to attend his father’s funeral as he awaited trial, friends were able to deliver this eulogy – written by Mark for the occasion – on his behalf, during the service...