The Justice for the Craigavon Two group welcome todays acquittal of Brian Shivers, Brian’s case has many similarities with the case of the Craigavon Two, Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton.
Shocking new evidence came to light during the retrial in which it was learned that the truth regarding the forensic analysis had been either hidden or lied about by the original forensic witness, it turned out to be the case that the items recovered from the car namely a phone and matches were covered in multiple DNA profiles this clearly undermined further the case against Brian Shivers.
Rather than concede that Brian was an innocent man the PPS brought further charges of aiding and abetting, again with no new evidence.
Today Brian Shivers was rightly acquitted based on the lack of evidence presented, it has been a terrible ordeal for the man who is severely ill. His lawyer rightly pointed out that the case against Brian Shivers has been a serious miscarriage of Justice.
The questions now needing answered is who is controlling the justice system in the north of Ireland? Following the revelations in Brian’s case and following the clear attempt to sabotage the appeals of the Craigavon Two. Who is answerable? Who will stand trial for perjury? Who will investigate the investigators during the original arrests and convictions in 2009? The politicians and media applauded the justice system following the convictions, those same politicians and media condemned those who were convicted. Following today’s acquittal there is an eerie silence from those same politicians once so vocal.
Something stinks to high heaven in the Justice system and unless it is fixed more and more people will fall victim to this corrupt system.
Signed PRO, JFTC2