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Panorama Thursday, 26 July, 2001, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
Fingerprint appeal
Alan McNamara
Fingerprint appeal

Alan McNamara is serving a 30 month sentence for a burglary he says he did not commit.

His legal team launched an appeal that was turned down at the beginning of January 2002.

The Hon. Mr Justice Morison said that McNamara "had a fair trial with an impeccable summing up and [was] fairly and properly convicted in my opinion".

Alan's family and legal team are planning another appeal, though it is unlikely that a decision will be made before his earliest release date on 14 August 2002, with an electronic tag.

Alan's wife Lisa wrote the following note to Panorama and the viewers who have expressed support for their case:

Thank you for your continuing support for Alan. He is now residing at Her Majesties Pleasure for two and half years for a crime he is completely innocent of. A TRUE victim of a miscarriage of justice! We are doing all we can to get him out.The appeal is already underway.

People who wish to help me and my family overturn this conviction should write to:
David Crausby Labour M.P.
St Georges Road,
Bolton,
BL1 2DD
or directly to the Home Secretary.

Anyone who wishes to write to Alan can do so at this address:
High Willows,
23 Highland Road,
Bromley Cross,
Bolton,
BL7 9NL

I will pass all letters on or they can write to him directly in prison at this address:
McNamara FV9735,
Rm 11 A3,
H.M.P. Kirkham,
Freckleton Rd,
Kirkham,
Preston,
PR4 2RN.

Many thanks again to you all and all the wonderful people who have sent e-mails via your site, I appreciate it very much and feel heartend by the huge amount of support from total strangers. Justice WILL be done!

Yours Sincerely
Lisa McNamara (Mrs)

Alan McNamara was sentenced for a burglary he says he did not commit. Panorama had previously revealed there were flaws in the evidence against him.

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