Friday, December 02, 2011

A Killing in Cardiff

I was in school with John Actie (he was a year behind me to be precise) who was acquitted, along with his cousin, of the murder of Lynette White after what I remember as the longest criminal trial in British history.

Yesterday another trial, that of the police officers accused of “acting corruptly together" to manufacture a case against the Cardiff Five (three of whom were convicted), collapsed.

What a long shadow the killing casts and continues to cast. Sean was in school with me as well. His novel Deadwater owes its own debt to the gory debacle.

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