One of the most famous miscarriage of justice cases of all time and another watershed moment for the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad:
While the men were in the custody of the West Midlands Police they were deprived of food and sleep, they were interrogated sometimes for up to 12 hours without a break; threats were made against them and the beatings started: ranging from punches, letting dogs within a foot of them and being the subjects of a mock execution.
The Birmingham Six were six men—Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Joseph Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker—sentenced to life imprisonment in 1975 in England for the Birmingham pub bombings. Their convictions were declared unsafe and unsatisfactory and quashed by the Court of Appeal on 14 March 1991. The six men were later awarded compensation ranging from £840,000 to £1.2 million.
Birmingham pub bombings
The Birmingham pub bombings, also known as the Birmingham bombings, were a series of bombings which occurred in public houses in Birmingham, England on 21 November, 1974. The explosions killed 21 people and injured 182 others.
Birmingham Six ‘were in the wrong place at the wrong time’
Twenty years ago the Birmingham Six were freed after their convictions for the murders of 21 people in two pub bombings were quashed. They had served nearly 17 years behind bars in one of the worst miscarriages of justice seen in Britain.
Birmingham Six member Paddy Hill hits out at ‘apathy’ over justice for victims of the pub bombings
Cleared former prisoner says people of Birmingham ‘disgust him’ for not calling for a new inquiry on eve of 40th anniversary.
Birmingham Six: 40th anniversary of pub bombings that led to ‘one of the worst miscarriages of British justice’
Eleven people were killed 46-metres away in the Tavern in the Town, where the blast was said to be so strong that several victims were blown through a brick wall and a passing bus was wrecked amid the explosion.
Error of Judgement: “The Truth About the Birmingham Bombings”
At just after 4 p.m., on Thursday, March 14, 1991, the British legal system disgorged its most celebrated victims. The six innocent men convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings emerged from the front entrance of the Central Criminal Court. The Old Bailey was lined with cheering well-wishers. Bewigged lawyers and court officials peered down, poker-faced, from the windows of the court. A vast assembly of photographers and television crews from around the world were penned behind metal crush-barriers, standing three high on chairs and ladders. They had come to bear witness to the humbling of one of the world’s most arrogant legal systems.