Thirteen former and current police officers have appeared in court charged over the investigation into the murder of Cardiff prostitute Lynette White. They appeared at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.Ms White, 20, was found stabbed to death on Valentine’s Day, 1988.
The Lynette White murder case became one of Britain’s most notorious miscarriages of justice and in 1992 the convictions of three jailed men, Stephen Miller, Yusef Abdullahi and Tony Paris, were quashed and they were freed. Two other men – cousins Ronnie and John Actie – were also charged with murder along with Mr Miller, Mr Abdullahi and Mr Paris, but they were acquitted at the trial at Swansea Crown Court in 1990.
In 2003, Jeffrey Gafoor, a client of Ms White admitted her murder in 2003. The security guard from Llanharan, near Bridgend was sentenced to life imprisonment.
…but it’s just a few rotten apples, not for example indicative of institutional dysfunction.