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Saturday, 9 February, 2002, 14:32 GMT
Decision on Ruth Ellis conviction
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Ellis was executed at Holloway Prison
North Wales-born Ruth Ellis - the last British woman to be hanged - could have her conviction for murder overturned nearly 47 years after her death.

The lawyer for the Ellis family confirmed that the Criminal Cases Review Board has referred her case to the Court of Appeal.


We kept being told she would never be cleared but I never gave up hope

Muriel Jakubait, Sister

Ellis, who was born in Rhyl, was hanged in July 1955 after being convicted of shooting her lover - racing driver David Blakely - outside a pub in Hampstead, north-west London.

Her family have fought to clear her name, arguing she is only guilty of manslaughter because of evidence which was not mentioned at the trial.

It is understood that lawyers will tell the Court of Appeal that Ellis was suffering from depression after a miscarriage caused by a punch in the stomach from Blakely.

The jury was also not told that she had been abused by her father as a child and was addicted to anti-depressants.

The appeal judges will also hear Ellis had been given the murder weapon by another lover and was driven to the pub after being plied with alcohol.

Ellis's sister, 81-year-old Muriel Jakubait, told the Independent newspaper she was "over the moon".

"We kept being told she would never be cleared but I never gave up hope.

"She should never have been hanged."

Lawyer Bernard de Maid, speaking from his home in Cardiff, said the CCRB told him they would publish their reasons for referring the case next week.

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