In a record third time appeal against his conviction the lawyers of Bamber have claimed that charges against Bamber’s ex girlfriend Julie Mugford were dropped to make her give evidence for prosecution.
Jeremy Bamber who is serving 26 years for killing five members of his own family is making another attempt for freedom after it came out that the assistant director of public prosecutions had dropped proceedings of drug trafficking and fraud allegations against a key prosecution witness.
The defence counsels are to argue that her charges were dropped as an inducement to give evidence against Bamber.
The witness in question Julie Mugford was Bamber’s girlfriend when the killings had taken place. Their relationship ended following the murders and Mugford had told the police that Bamber had confessed before her of hiring a hitman to kill his family.
The theory collapsed when the man who was supposed to be the hitman proved a cast iron alibi, but Mugford’s evidence was so crucial that the judge had told the jury that they could convict him based only on her evidence alone.
Now the emergence of the details, which has shown Mugford testified against Bamber as the police had decided to drop investigations into her criminal offences committed prior to the trial, has led the defence team of Bamber launching another appeal for his freedom.
The documents which were disclosed to Bamber only recently had details of Mugford’s accusations of burglary, smuggling cannabis into the UK from Canada and cheque fraud.
The newspaper Guardian had seen a letter from the then assistant director of public prosecution John Walker to the chief constable of Essex telling him to advise Mugford of dropping charges against her and then appear as witness to testify against Bamber.
The new evidence is being sent to Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) by the lawyers of Bamber to get his case back to the court of appeal for a third time.
They have also asked the CCRC to take into account the evidence from ballistic experts indicating the murder weapon a rifle was used without any silencer attached to it which was crucial evidence to the prosecution case.