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Hosted by investigative journalist and former police detective Mark Williams-Thomas, this podcast explores possible miscarriages of justice in a variety of cases, ranging from terrorism, to murder, to missing people. Each episode asks, does the evidence collected by the police and presented in court stand up to scrutiny, or are people in jail for crimes they did not commit? You will be placed at the centre of these investigations where you, as the armchair detective, piece together the evidence and decide: are these convictions safe, or did our justice system get it wrong? Evidence files and photos can be viewed at www.the-detective.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Hosted by investigative journalist and former police detective Mark Williams-Thomas, this podcast explores possible miscarriages of justice in a variety of cases, ranging from terrorism, to murder, to missing people. Each episode asks, does the evidence collected by the police and presented in court stand up to scrutiny, or are people in jail for crimes they did not commit? You will be placed at the centre of these investigations where you, as the armchair detective, piece together the evidence and decide: are these convictions safe, or did our justice system get it wrong? Evidence files and photos can be viewed at www.the-detective.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Hosted by investigative journalist and former police detective Mark Williams-Thomas, this podcast explores possible miscarriages of justice in a variety of cases, ranging from terrorism, to murder, to missing people. Each episode asks, does the evidence collected by the police and presented in court stand up to scrutiny, or are people in jail for crimes they did not commit? You will be placed at the centre of these investigations where you, as the armchair detective, piece together the evidence and decide: are these convictions safe, or did our justice system get it wrong? Evidence files and photos can be viewed at www.the-detective.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Language:

English


Episodes

Series 3, Episode 2 • Mary Flanagan - Missing or Murdered?

1/8/2021
Mary Flanagan was aged just 16 when she disappeared from her London home on New Year's Eve, 1959. She is the UK's longest missing person’s case. In this episode Mary's sister, Brenda, reveals a significant sighting of a woman who went into a police station in Scotland in 2016, could this have been Mary? And a further sighting from a neighbour and someone who knew Mary, who saw here wearing a new pair of glasses. The forensic artist Tim Widden explains how he sets about creating an age...

Duration:00:43:04

Series 3, Episode 1 • Mary Flanagan - Missing or Murdered?

1/1/2021
Mary Flanagan was aged 16 when she disappeared from her London home on New Year's Eve, 1959. Mary is the UK's longest missing persons case. Mary was brought up in a strict London-Catholic family and had two sisters, Eileen and Brenda, and a brother, Kevin. At the time of her disappearance, she was working at the Tate and Lyle sugar refinery in Plaistow. In episode 1 Mary’s sister Brenda explains how close they were as a family and what it was like growing up in West Ham in the 1950’s and...

Duration:00:34:09

Series 2, Episode 5 • What If It's Not Murder?

7/21/2020
This episode opens up by looking closely at some of the evidence that was heard at court and considering in detail why the police formed the view that this was a murder planned to look like suicide. In order to examine this, the police officer that led the investigation is asked to explain this theory. We carefully consider the nature of all of Sana’s injuries, how they occurred and how they were recorded by the pathologist. In addition, we consider the new research that has been done...

Duration:00:45:04

Series 2, Episode 4 • What If It's Not Murder?

7/14/2020
By this stage of the investigation you should now have reached one of the following conclusions: 1) That the evidence stacks up - as per the prosecution case and Mindy was correctly convicted, or 2) That you have some concerns about the evidence, but not enough to feel that Mindy is the subject of a miscarriage of justice, or 3) That you have serious concerns about the evidence that convicted Mindy and like her family and friends believe that Mindy’s conviction is unsafe. The police’s...

Duration:01:01:29

Series 2, Episode 3 • What If It's Not Murder?

7/7/2020
In this episode we hear more from the police officer who was in charge of the investigation. She describes the police investigation in detail and is challenged on some of her views and theories. With the help of solicitor David Wells, we explore some of the key evidence that the police relied on and look to challenge some of the assumptions made. We also explore in greater detail the injuries that Sana had to her body carefully considering each wound. We consider the view of the...

Duration:00:41:11

Series 2, Episode 2 • What If It's Not Murder?

6/30/2020
In this episode we start to break down the police and prosecution case against Mindy and what it was that lead to her being convicted of the furious and brutal murder of 17-year-old Sana Ali, the wife of her lover. On the day of the attack Mindy speaks to her best friend Sheetal, both on her way to confront Sana and also immediately after she leaves the house. In Sheetal’s own words, we hear details of the exact conversations she had with Mindy. We hear more from Mindy as she describes...

Duration:00:36:31

Series 2, Episode 1 • What If It's Not Murder?

6/23/2020
We set the scene on the horrific and brutal murder of 17-year-old, Sana Ali who was 11 weeks pregnant. The attack on Friday 10 May 2007 resulted in over 40 separate knife wounds, described as ‘sustained and ferocious’, and occurred at the home of her husband’s parents in Bury on the outskirts of Manchester, England. Sana’s husband, playboy businessman Sair Ali had been having a long-term affair with Harmohinder Sanghera, also known as Mindy. On that fateful day Mindy drove from her home in...

Duration:00:28:36

Series 1, Episode 2 • The Musketeers

4/14/2020
In part two of The Musketeers, Mark Williams-Thomas digs deeper into the lives of the four men, convicted of preparing to commit an act of terror. The last episode set out the prosecution's case, and highlighted the defence team's concerns. Not only do we hear more from the defence lawyers Stephen Kamlish QC and Gareth Pierce, but in an interview with Khobaib Hussain's sister, we find out why the men were of interest to MI5 in the first place. Looking more forensically at the evidence...

Duration:00:53:36

Series 1, Episode 1 • The Musketeers

4/7/2020
Mark Williams-Thomas introduces you to the case involving three men, known as the Three Musketeers, and one other man, all convicted of preparing to commit an act of terror. He begins by giving an overview of the case, and highlights major terrorist attacks that took place around the world, near the time of the trial. Could the mass panic have led to the wrongful prosecution of these four men? Lawyer for the defence, Gareth Pierce, has represented many cases involving terrorism, involving...

Duration:00:57:11

Trailer • The Musketeers

4/1/2020
Coming soon, a case which looks into the emotive, dangerous and highly secretive world of terrorism. In August 2017, three men, who dubbed themselves the Three Musketeers, were found guilty of planning a terror attack on a police or military target in the UK. A fourth man was also convicted for his involvement in the plot. But could there have been a miscarrige of justice? Does the evidence collected by the Police stand up to scrutiny? Do YOU think these men are guilty? See...

Duration:00:01:21