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Dying man wins robbery appeal; COURTS.

A DYING man has won a second miscarriage of justice appeal over robberies he was wrongly convicted of in the 1970s and 80s.

Martin Foran, aged 70, successfully challenged the credibility of officers from the disbanded West Midlands Police Serious Crime Squad.

The Court of Appeal overruled his 1978 conviction after a referral by the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC). His conviction for a Birmingham pub robbery in 1984 was quashed last year.

Mr Foran, from Manchester, who has inoperable cancer, served six years of a 10-year sentence after he was convicted in 1978 for four counts of robbery.

"It has been a long, hard battle to get to this point and I have waited many years," he said.

His 1978 convictions have now also been ruled unsafe and quashed.

The announcement was made by Lord Justice Pitchford, Mr Justice Dingemans and Mr Justice William Davis, sitting in London.

At least 33 convictions resulting from tainted evidence given by members of the squad have been quashed by the Court of Appeal - including the convictions of the Birmingham Six.

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Date:Oct 18, 2014
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