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Freed man's anger at police inquiry
Robert Brown
Robert Brown was released on appeal in November 2002
A man who spent 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, has called for an independent inquiry into his case.

Robert Brown said he was unhappy with a Police Complaints Authority (PCA) investigation into his case, saying "police should not be investigating the police".

Mr Brown, originally from Drumchapel, Glasgow, was 19 when he was jailed for life for the murder of Annie Walsh in Manchester.

She was found bludgeoned to death in her home in Hulme, in 1977.

The Court of Appeal was told a police officer involved in the case, Detective Chief Inspector Jack Butler, was corrupt.

The reason I have no faith in the police investigating is because not one police officer has been sent to prison for a miscarriage of justice
Robert Brown
A review into the conduct of Greater Manchester Police is being conducted by West Yorkshire Police, under the supervision of the PCA.

But Mr Brown said he did not trust the investigation.

He said: "The reason I have no faith in the police investigating is because not one police officer has been sent to prison for a miscarriage of justice.

"The police should not be investigating the police."

Duncan Gear, of the PCA, said it wished to work with Mr Brown and would take notice of his concerns.

Greater Manchester Police said it could not comment as the case had been referred to the PCA.


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