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‘Lady within the Lake’ abolish: Gordon Park’s conviction ‘unsafe’


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Gordon Park killed his basic different with an ice axe, his trial heard

The conviction of the so-known as “Woman throughout the Lake” murderer was unsafe, the Courtroom of Enchantment has been educated.

Gordon Park was found responsible of killing his basic different Carol, whose physique was found wrapped in luggage and tied with rope, in Coniston Water throughout the Lake District in 1997, 21 years after her disappearance.

Park frequently maintained his innocence and killed himself in penal advanced in 2010.

Judges had been educated proof the prosecution didn’t portion in his 2005 trial strong doubt on the conviction.

The posthumous attract, launched by Park’s son, Jeremy Park, was referred to the court docket by the Legal Circumstances Analysis Fee (CCRC), which investigates probably miscarriages of justice.

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Park talked about he did now not file Carol as lacking for six weeks as a result of he understanding she had left him for one different man

Mrs Park went lacking feeble 30 in Leece, close to Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in July 1976 and her husband claimed she had gone to reside with one different man.

Park was arrested and charged alongside together with her abolish, nonetheless the case in opposition to him was dropped in 1998.

Authentic forensic and geological proof talked about to hyperlink him to the abolish emerged and he was found responsible at Manchester Crown Courtroom in 2005.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) attorneys contend there was “compelling” proof in opposition to Park and his conviction is due to this fact secure.

Alternatively, attorneys for the CCRC talked about the CPS did now not mutter proof throughout the 2005 trial which could maybe effectively maybe take pleasure in undermined the credibility of a jail inmate who claimed Park had confessed to his basic different’s abolish.

Henry Blaxland QC talked about particulars regarding the inmate’s exhaust of heroin and involvement in drug trafficking – which indicated the prisoner had been “mendacity to the jury” – had now not been shared.

The prosecution moreover didn’t mutter proof which undermined choices the abolish weapon was an ice axe belonging to Park, Mr Blaxland talked about.

Two dental consultants agreed accidents to Carol Park’s tooth may maybe effectively maybe maybe now not take pleasure in been attributable to this sort of weapon, he talked about.


Danny Shaw, BBC dwelling affairs correspondent

Wrapped in a plastic rating, and propped up in opposition to a seat close to the abet of the court docket, is the merchandise which arguably holds probably the most basic to this extremely irregular, posthumous, attract.

It’s the wood-handled axe, frail by climbers for decreasing ice, which was recovered from Gordon Park’s dwelling when he was arrested in 1997 after his basic different’s physique had been found.

Park’s impartial personnel mutter proof, now not heard at his trial, casts doubt on choices the axe, with a blade on one aspect and a retract on the exchange, will take pleasure in been frail as a result of the abolish weapon.

The Crown disputes that, asserting it had by no means been implied that the axe was frail on Carol Park.

It’s a methods going to be for the three senior judges to secure; like all jail appeals, the bar to overturning a conviction stays excessive.

A hyperlink between the family dwelling and rock found close to her physique had moreover been discredited and Park’s DNA had now not been preserved inside knots of the rope frail to bind her physique, Mr Blaxland talked about.

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Gordon and Carol Park had been married for 9 years

Park hanged himself in his penal advanced cell on his 66th birthday whereas serving a life sentence at HMP Garth in Lancashire.

His family continued to promoting marketing campaign for his conviction to be overturned.

The attract will proceed on Wednesday. The judges are anticipated to present their ruling at a later date.

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