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Bamber took my little boys from me ..he must never be set free; EXCLUSIVE: WE TALK TO DAD OF MURDERED TWINS.. AND TO CAGED BAMBER.

Byline: By DON MACKAY and GEOFFREY LAKEMAN

COLIN Caffell has a new life. A new wife. A new family.

It has taken him over 20 years to carve out a new beginning after the bloody killing of five members of his family at their farmhouse in Essex.

When he wakes today, on the 20th anniversary of the day their killer was convicted, and cuddles his daughter, Colin's thoughts will not be far from his murdered children.

Nicholas and Daniel were only six years old when "evil beyond belief" Jeremy Bamber pumped eight bullets into their heads as they slept.

The court heard chilling details of how the boys' grandparents, Neville and June Bamber, were shot by 24-year-old Bamber, their adopted son, at White House Farm, in Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex.

Bamber then placed the rifle and a bible on the chest of his sister Sheila Caffell, the twins' mum and Colin's former wife, to imply she'd committed the murders before killing herself.

It was a mass murder which stunned Britain. As the guilty verdict was delivered at Chelmsford Crown Court on 28 October, 1986, Bamber appeared to slump slightly but gave no further reaction.

Sentencing him to five life prison terms, judge Justice Drake said: "I find it difficult to foresee whether it will ever be safe to release someone who can shoot two little boys as they lie asleep in their beds."

In the two decades that have passed, Bamber has repeatedly protested his innocence. He's already lost two appeals against his conviction, made in 1989 and 2002. And he's also lost two further High Court actions to recover money he claimed he should have received from his grandmother's will and the family's caravan site firm.

In his latest bid to claim innocence, Bamber and his legal team are still trying to make Sheila, who's thought to have suffered from mild schizophrenia, a scapegoat for the murders.

The thought Bamber, now 45, could be allowed to walk the streets again as a free man haunts Colin.

He and wife Sally Petersen now have a daughter, who at seven is just a year older than his sons when they died, and they have moved to an isolated part of the West Country, where Colin works quietly as a sculptor.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror this week, Colin expressed his anger over Bamber's repeated attempts to win freedom. "In his case, life must mean life," he said.

Colin, now 52, was divorced from Sheila at the time of the killings. He had been on the verge of setting out to collect his sons from their grandparents' home when police came to break the harrowing news.

That moment, and the subsequent unfolding of the massacre, has stayed with Colin ever since.

"My concern is that there might be a change in the law that does allow Bamber to appeal - or worse allow him to be released. The judge said he is one of those few convicted killers who should never be let out."

From his cottage in the South West of England, Colin added: "No one round here knows who I am or my background. I do visit the twins' graves whenever I go to London, but I try not to think about the whole thing. I've re-married and have a new family. I moved to get away from it."

Colin stood side-by-side with Bamber at Sheila's funeral and comforted the only surviving member of the family.

BUT just over a month later, police charged him with the murders - carried out to get a pounds 500,000 inheritance. Yet Bamber still insists he is innocent.

Speaking from his cell in Category A Full Sutton Prison, Bamber told the Daily Mirror: "No matter what the court rule, I know I did not kill my father, my mother, my sister and the children. I really did not do it, could not have done it, and certainly I have never received a fair trial." He added: "When I get out of here, unlike many in my position wrongly convicted and released, I want to get on with the rest of my life...

"I feel no bitterness towards my family, the police, the court system or anyone."

He and lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano - who's defended Saddam Hussein, Jonathan King and M25 road-rage murderer Kenneth Noye - claim they have unearthed new evidence that clears his name and have submitted it to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates possible miscarriages of justice. Bamber claims the jury were told Sheila Caffell - who once told a psychiatrist she thought her sons were "the Devil's children" - was a stranger to guns.

But papers sent to the CCRC include Bamber's claims that she had gone on shooting holidays with a cousin and could use a rifle.

Di Stefano also insists a "suicide note" was inside a blood-stained bible found beside Sheila's body in her parents' upstairs bedroom.

In the immediate aftermath, police accepted Bamber's suggestion that his sister had " lost it" and attacked the family after failing to take her medicine. He said his father telephoned him in the early hours to say, "Sheila's gone crazy with a gun."

Initially, they decided the scene fitted that of four murders and a suicide. But they turned their attention to Bamber after a silencer was found in a cupboard with what was claimed to be Sheila's blood on it.

Medical experts said Sheila's wounds meant she could not have shot herself and then staggered to the cupboard to put the silencer back before dying.

But Bamber's team now claim the blood was not Sheila's and was instead a mixture of Neville and June's.

However, police have disposed of much of the evidence which could be used for comparison because of the length of time since the conviction. Di Stefano claims Essex Police have failed to hand over many relevant documents - or explain why.

"Put it all together and it looks very wrong indeed," he said. "It doesn't change the basic fact that Essex police failed to disclose important, even vital, evidence.

"This is a very bad picture of yet another possible miscarriage of justice for which a man has paid with 20 years of his life." The Criminal Cases Review Commission has still to decide whether to recommend a third appeal.

For Colin Caffell, the agony goes on.

I certainly did not receive a fair trial..

don.mackay@mirror.co.uk

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MEMORIES: Colin Caffell before killings' HEADLINE: 1986 Mirror' PROTESTS INNOCENCE: Bamber is hoping for a third appeal' APPEAL: Jeremy Bamber arrives at court in cuffs' MURDERED WHILE THEY SLEPT: Nicholas and Daniel' KILLED: Beautiful Sheila was nicknamed "Bambi"
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