Killer denied access to case information
A BID by convicted killer Jeremy Bamber to access evidence which he hopes will clear his name has been blocked by Essex Police. Bamber was jailed for life in 1986 for murdering his adoptive parents, sister and her two children at White House Farm in Tolleshunt D'arcy near Maldon.
A BID by convicted killer Jeremy Bamber to access evidence which he hopes will clear his name has been blocked by Essex Police.
Bamber was jailed for life in 1986 for murdering his adoptive parents, sister and her two children at White House Farm in Tolleshunt D'arcy near Maldon.
The 44-year-old has always protested his innocence and is currently hoping to secure his freedom through another hearing at the Court of Appeal.
Bamber sent a number of requests to Essex Police from prison in York, using the Freedom of Information and Data Protection acts in a bid to access more evidence.
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Bamber asked for details of notes made by an officer at the scene, a register of the firearms issued on the morning of the killings and audio tapes of radio and telephone calls from August 7, 1985.
But this week Bamber has been told his requests were either “beyond the remit” of the information compliance officer at Essex Police or could not be completed within the 18-hour limit of searches.
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Speaking to the EADT from Full Sutton prison, Bamber said he remained confident the emerging evidence from the case would one day result in him walking free.
He said: “I don't think I will make any more requests, I know that really they are not going to give me anything.
“The audiotapes would have been helpful, but they do not want to give those.”
Bamber was convicted after a trial in 1986 of gunning down his adoptive parents, June and Nevill , his sister Sheila Caffell, a model known as Bambi, and her two children Nicholas and Daniel.
The prosecution at the trial said Bamber had been motivated by money and the large inheritance he would receive from the family.
In 2002, the Court of Appeal rejected suggestions the murder convictions had been based on police deceits and withheld evidence.
A spokeswoman for Essex Police said: “We have had several Freedom of Information requests from Mr Bamber, a large number of which we have complied with.
“We have also had a large number of data protection requests, many of which we have also complied with.
“However, this one particular request could not be dealt with in a reasonable amount of time, so in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act we rejected the request on that basis.
“We feel we have complied with the act and our statutory obligation.
“Mr Bamber can appeal via the information commissioner, however, we have not received notice of such an application.”