Miscarriage of Justice
Stephen Thomas, George Thomas Jnr and Andrew Jackson have all recently been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum twenty year tariff for murder, and a five year concurrent sentence for kidnap. These men were convicted under the joint enterprise law which enables defendants to be found guilty based merely on association and vague “evidence”. The standard of proof with regards to joint enterprise is set ridiculously low when several defendants are involved. It is the view of many campaigners that the law on joint enterprise is a gift to the police which has lead to sloppy, half-hearted police investigations and a surge in wrongful convictions. Joint enterprise law actively enables the police to convict multiple people just for being present at a crime. Therefore, the law on joint enterprise urgently needs reforming as too many people are being convicted of a crime they claim not to have committed. These three men maintain their innocence.
We, the undersigned, call upon Prime Minister David Cameron to investigate the law on joint enterprise and call for an urgent reform of the law at present. A lesser offence which acknowledges the fact the convicted men were present at the incident would be much more appropriate.