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Cardiff Three want 'personal' apology
Tony Paris
Tony Paris having a DNA sample taken from his mouth
One of the three men wrongly jailed for the murder of Lynette White in Cardiff in 1988 says he would like a face-to-face apology from the Chief Constable of South Wales Police.

Sir Anthony Burden issued a formal apology to the men on Monday following last week's jailing of prostitute Lynette's true killer, Jeffrey Gafoor.

But Tony Paris says he should say sorry to his family and friends personally - and on television.

He said someone had to take responsibility for their imprisonment.

Steven Miller, Yusef Abdullahi and Tony Paris were sent to prison after being accused of Lynette's murder in Cardiff's docklands.

Cousins Ronald and John Actie were cleared at the trial in Swansea but the others, who became known as the Cardiff Three, were convicted.

These convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal in 1992 .

Sir Anthony has written personal letters to all five of the men and said there will be an investigation into what happened.

He (Tony Paris) should be able to say do you know how I feel, do you know how I'm still feeling
Lorraine Barret

But Tony Paris, who has not yet received the letter, said this is not enough.

"I would like to meet him so he can apologise to me and my mother," he said.

"Someone's responsible for me going to prison, and for destroying the whole community."

Lorraine Barrett is the Assembly Member for Cardiff South and Penarth, and said the least Mr Paris can expect is the opportunity to sit down with the Chief Constable.

"He should be able to say do you know how I feel, do you know how I'm still feeling, because no one can understand what Tony and the other two have been through," she said.

She also backed the force's inquiry into the case.

"Society today will not accept a report that's put away in some filing cabinet," she said.

"I think it's got to be as open as it possibly can be and the findings have to be published so police can win the confidence of the public back.

Lynette White
Lynette White was murdered on Valentine's day
"I think Tony and his family and the community would like access to the enquiry - how that can be done without it becoming a public enquiry I don't know."

Last week, following the discovery of new DNA evidence, 38-year-old security guard Jeffrey Gafoor admitted that he murdered Lynette White on Valentine's Day 1988.

The 20-year-old was stabbed more than 50 times in a flat above a betting shop in the Butetown area of Cardiff.

Gafoor - jailed for life - attacked Ms White after changing his mind over paying her for sex.

A South Wales Police inquiry into the case will be carried out in liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service.

The investigating team will be led by Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cahill who recently joined South Wales Police from Merseyside Police.

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