The Innocence Project
Caitlin Gallagher, one of the trainee solicitors currently working within our Litigation team, is thrilled to have continued her work with Cardiff Law School in overturning a murder conviction in the Court of Appeal.
When former gang member Dwaine George, 30, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 18-year-old Daniel Dale in Manchester in 2001, and after his initial appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeal he contacted Cardiff Law Schools Innocence Project. Convicted on the basis of gunshot residue found on his clothing, George served 12 years in prison whilst consistently maintaining his innocence. However in November 2013, following new scientific evidence and an application by Cardiff Law Schools Innocence Project, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) referred the conviction to the Court of Appeal for a second time.
When it was announced that the case would be considered again by the Court of Appeal, Gregg Latchams agreed that Caitlin could be seconded to assist Cardiff Law School with preparing the case for appeal. Handing down judgment, the court, led by Sir Brian Leveson acknowledged the work of the students and staff at Cardiff Law School stating “we pay tribute to the work of the Innocence Project and Pro Bono Unit at Cardiff Law school, which took up the appellants case and pursued it so diligently”.
Following the verdict Caitlin said:
“I have been involved with Dwaines case for 8 years and I feel extremely lucky to have been part of such a driven group of staff and students. I am grateful to Gregg Latchams for allowing me to see Dwaines case through to appeal by supporting me to assist with preparing his case pro bono. The work that past and present students have completed has been invaluable to overturning Dwaines conviction and I am lucky that the firm has encouraged and enabled me to continue to be part of this historic judgment.”