A miscarriage of justice is not lessened by time. Twenty years ago Det Insp Fred May, Det Sgt Eamonn Harris and Det Con David Howell were fitted up. The role of Hector Harvey is central (indeed, as “Hector the selector” he is awarded an entire chapter in “The Untouchables” by Flynn and Gillard).
Harvey was a registered police informer (as are Derek G Haslam and Ian Hurst). Harris had four commendations and Howell three, hardly corrupt police territory. Judge Denison (bent) withheld evidence regarding Harvey’s having the money allegedly “stolen” by Howell, Harris and May. Denison also misused PII (Public Interest Immunity) which we also witnessed with Det Ch Supt Dave Cook and Jonathan Rees of “Southern Investigations” in the Daniel Morgan murder debacle. I am usually happy with the CCRC but in Howell and Ors v R, they appear to have fallen down on the job. Denison’s summation was flawed, disregarding as it did, several crucial elements, in addition to placing undue emphasis on others.
One is not surprised that Det Ch Insp Chris Jarratt (of Worboys infamy) and Det Ch Insp Martin Bridger (Sunshine Squad, Operation Tempura and Cayman Islands shady activities) make an entrance, both handled Haslam. With Howell, Harris and May now getting renewed scrutiny over delayed justice, it could be time to examine the “Groovy Gang”.