Policemen face charges over Cardiff Three case

05Mar09

police-stationoriginally published: 4th March 2009

Thirteen serving and former police officers are facing charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice as a result of a 1988 murder investigation for which three innocent men were jailed.

It is the largest number of officers ever to face such charges in British legal history.

The charges result from the inquiry into the murder of 20-year-old Lynette White in Cardiff on Valentine’s Day in 1988. Five men were charged with the murder and three, Antony Paris, Yusef Abdullahi and Stephen Miller, were convicted in 1990 and jailed for life.

The men, known as the Cardiff Three, were released on appeal after serving four years and campaigned for years to clear their names.

In 2003 a security guard, Jeffrey Gafoor, 38, from Llanharan, south Wales, pleaded guilty to the murder after he had been linked to the killing as a result of DNA developments.

He was jailed for life at Cardiff crown court for the murder in which White, who had been working as a prostitute, was stabbed more than 50 times.

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