Prosecution tactics

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 – his only son Mark was convicted of murder. A law graduate, Mark has been investigating his...

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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 calculated falsehoods recited in the prosecution’s opening speech – which they perhaps naturally, albeit uncritically, relied...

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 was found with the corpse… An electric saw was found in the house” – Excerpts from...

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 much the same time, a foul smell was noticed in the cul-de-sac”. – Excerpts from the...

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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 assorted sundries like these? Of course, we are supposed to insinuate some sinister purpose behind this...