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Cannings attacks court expert
Angela Cannings and her husband Terry
Mrs Cannings was cleared of murder in December 2003
A mother cleared of killing her two baby sons has condemned the medical expert who helped jail her for murder.

Angela Cannings, 40, from Salisbury, criticised Professor Roy Meadow for "assuming" she was a killer.

The professor is to face a General Medical Council professional conduct committee over allegations against him.

Speaking on the Tonight with Trevor McDonald programme, Mrs Cannings said she had been "permanently scarred" by her experience.

She told the interviewer: "I listened to him give his evidence. I was looking at a man who was assuming that something criminal had happened.

Review launched

"I couldn't accept that he had never come to meet us to talk about the events and yet he was making all these assumptions that something criminal was going on."

Mrs Cannings' 2002 conviction for smothering her sons, seven-week-old Jason in 1991 and 18-week-old Matthew in 1999, was overturned in December last year.

It was the latest in a string of similar cases and prompted the Government to announce a review of legal cases involving apparent cot deaths.

The cases could involve up to 5,000 people, some of whom were convicted of killing their children based on expert testimony from Professor Meadow.

Mrs Cannings said she hoped her successful appeal will lead to others wrongly accused being freed.

And she said her wrongful conviction had caused her to lose confidence in the authorities.




SEE ALSO:
Baby death trials to be reviewed
19 Jan 04  |  Wiltshire
Cot death expert to face inquiry
18 Dec 03  |  Health
Mother cleared of killing sons
10 Dec 03  |  Wiltshire
Babies 'had higher cot death risk'
09 Dec 03  |  Wiltshire
Mother appeals against conviction
04 Dec 03  |  Wiltshire


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