Bamber's case scrutinised in book

THE conviction of one of Essex's most notorious killers has come under new scrutiny by a justice campaigner.

Elliot Furniss

THE conviction of one of Essex's most notorious killers has come under new scrutiny by a justice campaigner.

Jeremy Bamber is currently serving a life sentence after being found guilty of the murder of his adoptive parents, sister and twin six-year-old nephews in 1986.

He has always maintained his innocence and now his case has been taken up by crime writer Scott Loma - who previously campaigned on behalf of Barry George, released from prison in August seven years after being wrongly jailed of killing television presenter Jill Dando.

Mr Lomax has conducted extensive interviews with Bamber - who has had two appeals against his conviction turned down - and has now re-assessed the case in the light of “new evidence”.

During the high profile trial, the judge said it was a simple case of either Bamber or his sister Shelia Caffell being responsible for the killings, and nobody else.

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Bamber blamed his schizophrenic sister for carrying out the killings of their adoptive parents, June and Nevill, and her two sons before turning the gun on herself.

A jury delivered a majority guilty verdict at the end of the trial, convicting the then 25-year-old of shooting all five members of his family at White House Farm in Tolleshunt Darcy.

But Bamber has always maintained the possibility of a third potential killer, reported to have been seen in the farmhouse around the time of the murders, should have been put to the jury.

Mr Lomax agrees and has published a new book, Jeremy Bamber: Evil, Almost Beyond Belief?, supporting his theories.

He said: “I do not believe, having studied the evidence in depth, that a third person was responsible but it is something the jury should have been allowed to consider.

“There is a wealth of evidence now available which the jury never got to see. I have had extensive access to it and it makes for fascinating viewing.”

He said he had spent five years researching the matter and working on the new book - a “detailed re-assessment” of the complex case.

He said: “I have interviewed Jeremy Bamber on several occasions to provide a thorough account of the White House Farm tragedy and the aftermath as well as an account of his life in prison.

“I have had extensive access to photographs and documents from the defence, prosecution and police to provide a full argument and appraisal of all of the available evidence.”

At his trial, Mr Justice Drake said Bamber was “evil, almost beyond belief” and was originally handed a 25-year term, but earlier this year a judge ruled his crimes were “so serious” he should never be released.

The case is currently being looked at by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

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