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Who killed Sally Clark?

Byline: Richard Stott

LOOKING back we should not be surprised Sally Clark is dead. Shocked, angry, horrified, bitter, chastened and ashamed. But not surprised.

Sally Clark, wife of a solicitor and daughter of a senior policeman, was wrongly convicted of murdering her two small sons and spent three years in jail before the law recognised it had make a ghastly mistake. Mrs Clark never recovered.

So who killed Sally Clark?

Not us, say Cheshire Police who investigated the deaths of her sons Christopher and Harry. They made lots of assumptions. She was a drinker, a depressive, she didn't want to lose her glamorous lifestyle.

Highly prejudicial. But proper evidence? There wasn't a shred. Yet we didn't kill her, it wasn't us. We didn't kill Sally Clark, say the police.

Who killed Sally Clark?

Not us, say the Crown Prosecution Service, whose job it is to rigorously examine the facts and decide whether they are good enough to bring charges. There was medical evidence, don't blame us if it was all wrong, opinionated and discredited. It wasn't our fault vital evidence was suppressed. Don't blame us. We didn't kill Sally Clark, say the CPS.

Who killed Sally Clark?

Not me, says Professor Sir Roy Meadow, the paediatrician expert witness called by the police. Yes, I did say there was a one-in-73million chance of two cot deaths in an affluent family. Rubbish said the Royal Statistical Society later, yet it helped sway the jury. After all, such an eminent man can't be wrong, can he? He was eventually discredited and struck off, but reinstated. Don't point the finger at Sir Roy. I didn't kill Sally Clark, it wasn't me, says Sir Roy.

Who killed Sally Clark?

Not me says the prosecution pathologist Alan Williams, who kept vital evidence of infection in Harry, Mrs Clark's second son, to himself. Six years after her conviction Williams was to be struck off the list of Home Office pathologists. But kill her? Not me, says Alan Williams. I didn't kill Sally Clark.

Who killed Sally Clark?

Not us say the judges in their legal wisdom and blood red robes. It was just unfortunate nobody exposed Professor Meadow and nobody pointed out there was no real evidence to convict. Don't blame the mighty Appeal Court that said the evidence against her was overwhelming when it was no such thing. Yes, the wheels of justice grind slow. That's why when the damning evidence not presented by Alan Williams was finally revealed, it took more than a year to bring the case back to court. Fifteen months in which Sally Clark remained locked up, mercilessly abused by fellow prisoners. But don't blame the majesty of the law, say the judges, shaking their wigs. We are The Law. We cannot be blamed. We didn't kill Sally Clark.

When she was finally released, an innocent woman, Sally Clark said: "Today is not a victory. There are no winners here. We have all lost out." We have indeed.

And poor, dead Sally Clark, who nobody killed, lost everything. Even, finally, her life.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 18, 2007
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