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Bias and Injustice – A David and Goliath Story

Samuel Alexander disappeared in 2009. His body was later found buried at his family home. Despite a lack of DNA, eyewitnesses, or murder weapon – and with no cause or date of death –...

The Many Lives of Samuel Alexander

Born in 1939, Samuel grew up in Egypt while it was still a British protectorate. His family worked in medicine and pharmaceuticals, but faced real poverty. After moving from Alexandria to Cairo, they lived...

Words and Music with Terry Waite

Mark organised a small fundraising event for Emmaus UK some years ago, whilst in prison. Terry Waite CBE, President of the charity, invited Mark to curate an afternoon of ‘Words and Music’ with him,...

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The case for decriminalisation

Mark’s visceral experience of the criminal justice system has impressed upon him the urgent need for reform. “You just don’t learn this kind of thing at law school, the real, practical issues that undermine...

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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...

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Mistake #8 – Studying in Paris

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 – Father-Son Relations

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 – Girlfriends

“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 – Sami’s Health

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 – Accommodation

“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...

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Mistake #5 – Exhibits

“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 – Date of Death

“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”....

Mistake #3 – Strange Smells

“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...

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Mistake #2 – Cause of Death

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...

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Mistake #1 – Post-mortem Confusion

“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...

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....

Ministry of Justice Press Office refuses journalist access

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

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

Mark originally wrote this article for Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners and criminal justice practitioners in England and Wales. This June marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, much lauded as...

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...

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 – Baritone Singing Diploma

Mark studied for his Diploma in Music Performance (DipABRSM) whilst in prison, achieving a Merit. He was the first person to have ever attempted an exam at this level in prison. On a sunny...

Grade 8 Piano Certificate

After a year of study, Mark sat his grade 8 piano exam in prison, passing with Merit. Two diplomas and two degrees later, Mark is still looking for ways to stretch himself, and defy...

Serious Case Review reveals truth behind Sami’s behaviour

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

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...