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Tuesday, 9 April, 2002, 18:01 GMT 19:01 UK
Murder case under scrutiny
A man who was jailed for murder 25 years ago could find out later this month if his case is going to the appeal court.

Robert Brown, from Glasgow, has always insisted that the police framed him for the death of a woman in Manchester.

However, new evidence has been brought to light which he claims proves his innocence.


I know nothing about the death of Annie Walsh

Robert Brown

Brown was jailed in 1977 for battering Manchester spinster Annie Walsh to death.

He claimed that corrupt police officers bullied, beat and broke him, and he signed a false confession.

From his prison cell in Lancashire he is still protesting his innocence.

He said: "I did not kill Annie Walsh at all.

"I know nothing about the death of Annie Walsh.

"I have been saying that to everybody who would listen for 25 years.

"For 25 years, mostly it has fallen on deaf ears."

Miscarriages of justice

New evidence is being considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

It includes scientific evidence linking another man to Ms Walsh's murder and expert analysis of Brown's alleged confession which concludes it was a false statement.

Paul Hill - one of the Guildford Four, who was falsely convicted of a pub bombing in the 1970s - shared a cell with Brown.

He said: "There is a common thread going through all these miscarriages of justice in the 1970s.

"They were young men and women who were uneducated, who didn't have any experience of the world beyond the environment in which they lived and they were subject to police officers who had 30 or 40 years experience breaking down Britain's hardest criminals.

"It was incredibly easy."

Brown says an appeal is the only way forward.

He could have been free on parole 10 years ago if he had admitted the crime.

But he says his need to clear his name is stronger than his desire for freedom.

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