A fourth member of the Stockwell Six, who was convicted over an alleged attempt to rob a corrupt police officer nearly 50 years ago, is trying to clear to his name at the Court of Appeal.
The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates miscarriages of justice, referred the conviction of Texo Johnson after the court ruled in July that the convictions of three of his friends were unsafe.
His friends’ convictions were cleared in July.
The group of Black men were put on trial for robbing a police officer and convicted based on his word, despite telling jurors that officers had lied and subjected them to violence and threats.
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Courtney Harriot, Paul Green and Cleveland Davidson saw their convictions overturned by the Court of Appeal earlier this year as they were based on the word of British Transport Police (BTP) officer Detective Sergeant Derek Ridgewell.
A hearing over Mr Johnson’s case is due to be heard by senior judges at the Royal Courts of Justice in London today (November 23).
The trio, Mr Johnson and two others – Ronald De’Souza and Everett Mullins, who was acquitted – were arrested on the London Underground on a night out on February 18, 1972.
The Stockwell Six, as they became known, were accused of trying to rob Ridgewell, who was in plainclothes and had previously served in the police in South Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.
Ridgewell claimed the six, who got on the train at Stockwell station, attempted to rob him before he fought back and arrested them with a team of undercover officers.
They all pleaded not guilty, but all bar one were convicted and sent to jail or borstal, despite telling jurors that police officers had lied and subjected them to violence and threats.
Ridgewell was involved in a number of high-profile and controversial cases in the early 1970s and his corruption has previously led to eight wrongful convictions being overturned by the Court of Appeal.
He died of a heart attack in prison in 1982 at the age of 37.