“Hot Dog Wars” – Warren Slaney (1990)

“On the 10th of Oct. 1990 Warren Slaney was arrested and later charged with the murder of 2 men, Gary Thompson and John Weston, in Oadby, Leicester. The murders took place at 2am outside the house of Gary & Mavis Thompson. The police suggested that three men were directly involved in an armed “robbery” that backfired.

As a result Warren Slaney is now serving life imprisonment for a crime he did not commit.

  • Physical descriptions given by eye witnesses do not match Warren Slaney’s appearance.
  • Witness 1 :- that the perpetrators were over 6ft and of the same build as Gary Thompson (about 21st).
  • Witness 2 :- that one was 6ft-6ft 1″, broad, heavily built, dark tan, big moustache, hat with pony tail.
  • Warren Slaney is 5ft 8″ white, clean shaven and had very short hair. At the time he weighed between 9½-10st.
  • Nine witnesses were with Warren at a party till 4.30am on the morning of the murders.
  • A crucial prosecution witness testified in court that she had falsified her statement to the police. This statement implicated Warren Slaney directly in the “robbery”.
  • The man who disposed of the gun admitted that Warren had nothing to do with the murders. This statement was not used in court.
  • Warren was accused of firing the Beretta handgun which killed two men. The shots fired displayed a great degree of accuracy.Warren had previously suffered hand injuries which resulted in the insertion of metal plates. He would not have been capable of such an act because he would not have been capable of pulling the trigger. This medical evidence was never used by the defence.
  • There was no forensic evidence to link Warren to the murders although the police searched his home 4 times.”

via the “Something Different” blog by Mark Galpin and Rachel Mawson


Warren Slaney was sentenced to a double life sentence in 1992 for the 1990 murders of Gary Thompson and John Weston.

An application was made to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (“CCRC”) in 1999.

Warren Slaney’s case, whilst initially refused, is being re examined by the CCRC following recently discovered new evidence.

‘Every wrongful conviction has far reaching implications for us all. The total waste of public resources in today’s terms amounts to in excess of £1m and it is rising. It is certainly an aspect of miscarriages of justice that is largely overlooked.’

The campaign has the support of Dr Michael Naughton of The Innocence Project based at Bristol University who showed that miscarriages of justice were costing the public purse as much as £200m a year in 2002.

In 2002 Dr. Michael Naughton conducted a report for the Miscarriage Of Justice Organisation (“MOJO”) and showed that miscarriages of justice were costing the public purse in excess of 200 m / year in the following four areas:

  • Costs of imprisonment
  • Legal aid
  • Compensation
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC)

This does not account for other costs such as welfare payments for dependents and the loss of taxes that would have been paid in to the public purse.

‘The scale of the problem indicates that each case must be investigated thoroughly. A conservative estimate for Warren Slaney’s case stands at well in excess of £1m his trial, appeal, police investigation, etc. You may wonder what this means to you. People aren’t aware just how much public money is being absorbed by miscarriages of justice money that could be better used on services such as education, health and provisions for the elderly.’ – Dr Michael Naughton 11.10.10


  • Russ Spring (Campaign Manager) 07806 557 509 / 0121 449 7095
  • Dr. Michael Naughton
  • Maslen Merchant (Hadgkiss Hughes and Beale Solicitors) 0121 449 5050
  • CCRC: Website Email
  • Warren is currently (June 2013) in HMP Wakefield, 5 Love Lane, Wakefield , West Yorkshire WF2 9AG


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23 Comments on “Hot Dog Wars” – Warren Slaney (1990)

  1. It’s hard to believe that thirty-years ago a very young Gary Thompson of 27-years old lost his life in a robbery were he and a co-worker were murdered. I remember that day very clearly hearing this on the radio news in my car on my way to work in a similar business to his in the West Midlands.
    My now late parents and I knew Gary very well and we all attended his funeral, I still have a recored video tape documentation of news and the TV film made of him of this crime.
    Gary had prior warning by the Police that something bad was going to happen that lead to his murder, how do I know this, well my father and I met Gary a month or so beforehand, and went for a ride in his Range Rover 4×4 when he mentioned the aforesaid.
    We all liked and respected Gary very much when he was alive. A very cruel end to a young man life of the same age as me.
    My name is Mark Smith and I hope that this over all those years that has now brought some sort of peace within his family.
    PS. I remember Joe Persico his friend very well, and if he reads this, then I hope he is fit and well.


  2. Hi amy tuck give me an email ..


  3. goldcrest matrix1468 // October 3, 2019 at 02:36 // Reply

    I worked for Gary in 1986 @ is stoke depot that Nick Rowley ran for him Gary gave me a job on the show’s because i was a hard worker so he took me under his wing and i was looked after. i never got involved in his lifestyle he also said i worked for him not some 1 that rented from him lol

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  4. the thing is I don’t personally think he done it but the law never admit it as it would cost to much and make them look bad so wos has to suffer should be free now but if he was a nonse or rapeist he be a free man now

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  5. Diane Stewart // August 31, 2019 at 12:19 // Reply

    Regardless of whether he is innocent or not Warren Slaney is a racist bustard in prison, he is a screwboy and does not know the definition of the word “solidarity”. Ganging up on vulnerable prisoners with mental health problems and being racist to any prisoner from a BAME background. You belong to stay where you are.

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    • Ken williams // September 10, 2019 at 22:19 // Reply

      I knew Woz though the system and one thing the man is not, is a screw boy! I’d love to know where your getting your information from but it’s maybe for the best you don’t reveal…


    • You silly cunt . Now you are full of shit every one knows you are talking shit about screwboy .racists maybe .and talking shit about solidarity his in solidarity now 5 man unlock on the same level as Bronson fact and same solidarity as Bronson fact Warren is very much reated in the jail system fact Warren was very much reated out ere fact he was going to take over Leicester fact he got stitch up ..


      • Oi shit head I was in Nottingham jail with your silly fat “Joe p” in the 90s his a fat pussy fat joe p” was screwboy. Scum


    • You silly cunt your talking shit won is very much reated in the jail system same level as Bronson wow is on 5 man unlock . . Your just A smelling CUNT


      • Mark Thompson // August 10, 2020 at 10:26 //

        your obviously a first rate twat, wannbe gangster. your fucking wun is an evil vile murdering cunt


    • I wouldn’t have thought he was racist on account of his fathers side of the family they are indian


  6. My dads innocent even though I only found out out 10 years ago he was was my dad through grandparents dn dna I just know I’m his only daughter and it kills me every day!i just want to see where I come from fully


  7. Mark Thompson // July 12, 2018 at 22:27 // Reply

    I find it strange that this fucking article about that Cunt Slaney doesnt mention that a month before he murdered 2 men he was up in court on a robbery charge at a petrol station but the cashier who knew him was to scared to say anything so the case had to be dismissed. but the judge said to the evil cunt “if you dont mend your evil wicked ways you will be back up in court in the not to distant future on a murder charge” put that in your fucking report……


  8. Mark Thompson // July 12, 2018 at 21:00 // Reply

    what an utter load of rubbish, whoever wrote this should be locked up with that CUNT SLANEY, good help the CUNT if he ever does get out…………….


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