Killer Bamber appeals for pardon

Last updated at 12:46 16 September 2005

Solicitors acting for convicted mass killer Jeremy Bamber have called on Home Secretary Charles Clarke to pardon the 44-year-old, it was revealed today.

The legal team working on a third appeal claim to have uncovered new evidence of their client's innocence and have been told by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform that their request for his release is being considered.

It is claimed that previously unseen photographs of Bamber's dead sister will clear him of

murdering five family members 20 years ago.

Bamber has always denied shooting dead his adoptive parents Neville and June, sister Sheila Caffell and her twin six-year-old sons Nicholas and Daniel at the family's home, in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex, in 1985.

He now believes pictures never before disclosed to his defence team will prove he was in police custody when Ms Caffell - nicknamed Bambi - was killed.

'Specific doubt'

In a letter to Mr Clarke last month, his solicitors wrote: "Under those circumstances, it would be wholly wrong and inequitable for Jeremy Bamber to remain a single day longer in custody

when there is this specific doubt."

It added: "In all the circumstances, we take the view that the appropriate course is for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the exercise of his prerogative powers to grant a pardon."

Detectives initially suspected that Ms Caffell, who had failed to take her schizophrenia medication, had murdered her parents and sons in

August 1985 before turning the gun on herself.

Bamber, who stood to inherit almost £500,000 from his parents' estate, has lost two appeals, in 1987 and 2002, since his conviction in 1986.

Legal adviser Giovanni di Stefano is still awaiting a decision from the Criminal Cases Review Commission on whether a fresh appeal will be granted.

He said: "There is now more than sufficient evidence that proves that this man, who has already spent 20 years in prison is not the perpetrator of the five murders.

"With the new evidence that has come to light, which we will argue shows Mr Bamber could not have carried out the crimes, we have called on the Home Secretary to grant him a free pardon.

"Notwithstanding that we will continue to seek a new appeal. Mr Bamber has said he wants not just to be freed, but to finally be declared innocent of these crimes."

Solicitors have uncovered pictures of Ms Caffell taken at around 9am on the day the bodies were

found, which show her covered in fresh blood.

It is suggested that because of this, she could only have died a maximum of two hours before.

Bamber was taken into custody by officers at 3am that morning after calling police to tell him about a dispute at the family home.

Mr di Stefano claims the photographs are among as many as a third of the four million documents involved in the case may not have been disclosed during the original trial or subsequent appeals.

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