Cloverhill Prison, Dublin: Man arrested in murder investigation

A man in his 50s has been arrested at Cloverhill Prison in Dublin on suspicion of murder. It follows the launch of a murder investigation after a man, who was in his 30s, died in the jail. Gardaí (Irish police) and emergency services were called shortly after midnight on Saturday following an altercation between two prisoners. The […]

Three men cleared of killing and freed after 36 years in prison

Three men who have spent 36 years in prison have been cleared of the killing of a teenager after a review of their case. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were released from custody in Maryland, in the US, hours after a judge quashed their convictions and prosecutors dropped the charges. They were teenagers when they […]

Court told G4S Doctor cleared man for release who then bludgeoned 3 pensioners to death

A man with a history of psychosis did not see a mental health nurse before being released from police custody and went on to kill three pensioners, a court heard. Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 28, had been arrested and released twice before he battered Anthony Payne, 80, with a hammer and bludgeoned 84-year-old twins Dick and Roger Carter to […]

Church Warden sentenced to 36 years for murdering University Lecturer

A sadistic church warden who murdered a university lecturer following a campaign of physical and mental torture has been jailed for more than 30 years. Benjamin Field, 28, who killed Peter Farquhar, 69, in order to inherit his house and money was given a life term with a minimum term of 36 years by Mr […]

Helen’s Law: What Happens When Juries Believe A Liar?

By Mark Leech Like any parent I can’t even begin to understand the heartache of Marie McCourt, the mother of Helen McCourt, who has no idea where her daughter’s body is located because the person convicted of her murder, Ian Simms, refuses to say – insisting he is innocent of the crime. Now, under new […]

Mother ‘Elated’ Helen’s Law Will Deny Killers Parole Until Bodies Are Found

Read our Comment Piece: Helen’s Law: What Happens When Juries Believe A Liar? The mother of murdered Helen McCourt said she is “elated” laws are to finally change so killers are denied parole if they refuse to reveal where they hid their victim’s body. Marie McCourt has begged murderer Ian Simms to tell her the whereabouts of her daughter’s […]

Killer cleared on retrial

The Prisons Handbook 2015 – out now  /  Home Page  /  Converse Prison Newspaper   A young woman fell to her knees sobbing as she was cleared by a jury of murdering her friend’s violent boyfriend after a retrial ordered by the Court of Appeal. Stacey Hyde was originally convicted at Bristol Crown Court in 2010 […]