Mark Alexander finds himself in very tragic circumstances, having been wrongly convicted of his father’s murder in 2010 while he was still at university, studying law. Mark has always maintained his innocence and both sides of his family support calls for his conviction to be overturned. We are extremely concerned that Mark was found guilty on the basis of doubt created about his version of events rather than any evidence of his involvement in a murder. No such evidence exists. There is no known cause, or date, of death – and there were no traces of DNA, blood, or even fingerprints linking Mark to the crime. Significant questions remain unanswered too about his father’s mysterious, criminal lifestyle, which has only recently come to light and will likely prove critical to understanding what really happened. Those of us who know Mark, or have met him even once, will appreciate the absurdity of this situation; the weakness of the prosecution, and how the jury were misled during the trial.
Having spent over a decade in prison for a murder he did not commit, Mark is being doubly-punished for having passed-up a charge bargain that would have seen him freed many years ago on manslaughter. Plenty of new evidence has since been discovered, yet he still languishes needlessly in prison, in part due to flawed legal thresholds in England & Wales currently under review by the Law Commission. Every day Mark is forced to wait is another day of his life wasted. His family just want him safely home. Join us as we follow his progress, and raise awareness of his plight.
Click on the ‘Overview’ tab to discover the facts behind this appalling injustice. Below, you’ll find links to recent press coverage of the case, as well as expressions of concern from public figures and support organisations who have studied the evidence for themselves.
Putting his time to good use has been an important part of Mark’s journey and survival over the long and difficult years he has spent in prison. From his modest cell, Mark has completed both bachelors and masters degrees in law, and uses his skills to help others inside, whilst campaigning for penal and criminal justice reform.
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Could Mark Alexander be Innocent? With humanitarian Terry Waite questioning the safety of the conviction, is it time that this curious case was reviewed?
Terry Waite CBE
I am disturbed by the conviction of Mark as I find it difficult to believe that a complete forensic examination was conducted before the jury found him guilty by a majority verdict. It was pointed out by the Judge in his summing-up that the evidence was circumstantial, but even so he was convicted and sentenced. A forensic investigation of the site was conducted by a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Geologist in 2017. This examination ought to have been conducted before the trial, but for reasons unknown to me it was not. Given that the site had been excavated by the police when searching for the body and afterwards refilled it was not possible for the expert to be totally certain about the dates when the different levels of concrete were laid. However, his conclusions, which are fully recorded in his report, suggest that the top level of concrete could not have been laid by Mark Alexander. The report raises in my mind a reasonable doubt as to the safety of this conviction.
Rt. Hon. Mark Field (former MP for Cities of London and Westminster)
I am supportive of Mr Alexander receiving a re-trial in light of the lack of conclusive evidence.
Now, with new evidence available, we join those asking, “could Mark Alexander have actually been wrongly convicted of the murder of his father?
PPMI (Progressing Prisoners Maintaining Innocence)
Another example of typical factors in a wrongful conviction: no forensic evidence, impossible time frame for the crime to be committed, witness put off by the police, important witnesses not interviewed, lurid allegations in the Press published before they could be countered, all racked up by such sad personal circumstances.
SAFARI (Supporting All Falsely Accused with Reference Information)
This is a case which clearly requires a thorough investigation to find the real perpetrator. There is obviously very serious doubt as to whether this crime was committed by Mark.
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