Justice for Ollie
Justice for Ollie
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Oliver Campbell needs your support to fight an awful miscarriage of justice.
In 1990 Oliver was accused of murder and he was subsequently found guilty and spent 11 years in prison for a crime he did not and could not have committed. Rough Justice – the BBC investigative programme - covered Oliver’s case. You can watch that programme here. When you have seen the evidence, I am sure you will agree with us. Over 85,000 people agree and have signed a petition to support him.
Oliver Campbell is not at present behind bars, but in a very real sense he is still imprisoned by his life sentence for murder, a sentence which will never be spent. He wants to live the remainder of his life free from the stigma of an unjust conviction.
Ollie wants what happened to him to be acknowledged by the authorities, so that such injustices are note repeated.
Currently the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) is re-examining Oliver’s case. This is relatively unheard of - following a debate at the House of Commons, Sandy Martin was able to secure a meeting with the relevant Minister, and then the CCRC agreed to look again. We have no idea how long this will take – the first time it took over three years. Ollie’s Pro Bono Legal team submitted a large volume of lever arch files. We are hopeful that the case will be referred back to the Court of Appeal, and if this happens we are confident that we can win.
Regardless of the outcome of this CCRC review we need to be able to help finance the next steps for achieving Justice for Ollie. #justice4ollie
How much are we raising and why?
Oliver' legal team has been around him for the last 20 years. Glyn Maddocks QC (hon) his solicitor and Michael Birnbaum QC have been working pro bono since 1999. They are prepared to continue to give their time for free but we need to finance the back-office support. It is a complicated case and we need funding whichever way the CCRC review goes. Files of evidence and argument don’t just put themselves together, and more work will be needed especially if a fresh trial or appeal is granted.
We need to find £10,000 to fund the appeal, or a Judicial Review.
What's at stake?
Anyone who knows Ollie knows that he is innocent. He lives in supported housing due to his learning difficulties and has worked part time for a local Community Interest Company in Ipswich since his release on Life Licence. Ollie loves the outdoors, animals, his music and being with his friends. He is a gentle guy. His nick name is the BFG, the Big Friendly Giant. The fact he is black undoubtedly contributed to his conviction. The treatment he received at the hands of the Metropolitan Police Service would hopefully not happen now, but that needs to be acknowledged officially.
Whatever next steps are taken to clear Ollie’s name, he will need financial support for his legal team.
We appreciate that at the moment not everyone has spare money, but we would be grateful for any donation - big or small - and please do share the page far and wide on social media or via email/WhatsApp.
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