originally by: BBC News
published: 27th January 2012
Documents have been found after they were thought to have been destroyed, which had led to the collapse of the UK’s biggest police corruption trial. The announcement came as it emerged that a review has been ordered into the end of the trial of eight officers, who were all cleared in December.
They were involved in the original investigation of the 1988 murder of Cardiff prostitute Lynette White. The review has been ordered by Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer.
The officers were acquitted of perverting the course of justice. A judge at Swansea Crown Court ruled that they could not get a fair trial because evidence was believed lost. But it has now been announced that the information has been found.
Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) will review the case which had cost up to an estimated £30m.
It had been alleged that the former South Wales Police officers had manufactured the case against five men after the murder at a flat in Cardiff’s docklands – three of whom were jailed for life before being released on appeal.
The retired officers all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were cleared after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offered no evidence against the defendants, halting the five-month trial.