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Conviction: Murder at the Station

louise-shorter-convicton_a-109A public lecture by Louise Shorter – acclaimed investigative journalist

Tuesday 29th November


Stripe Auditorium

King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester

Award-winning journalist Louise Shorter will be speaking at the University of Winchester on 29th November about her hugely successful BBC programme “Conviction: Murder at the Station”.

The two-part series, which was aired in September shadowed Louise in the search for new evidence to support an appeal of a Southampton man in prison for the murder of his secret lover.

It was an extraordinary documentary that generated huge interest in the national media and became one of the most talked about shows on television this year.

Conviction focussed on the case of Paula Poolton who went missing in October 2008. Her body was found 11 days later in the boot of her car parked outside the local railway station.  It was subsequently revealed that Paula had been having an affair with a man named Roger Kearney.

Louise Shorter worked on the groundbreaking BBC series Rough Justice before setting up Inside Justice in 2010 as part of the prisoners’ newspaper Inside Time to investigate alleged miscarriages of justice.

During the event on the 29th November, Louise will be in conversation with Brian Thornton (co-founder of the Crime and Justice Research Centre). The conversation will cover Louise’s work on the Kearney case along with a broader discussion on miscarriages of justice.

Brian Thornton said: “Conviction was one of the most important documentaries about the criminal justice system in recent years. Louise’s investigation was nothing short of extraordinary and we are extremely honoured to have someone of her standing coming to Winchester to talk about her work. For anyone who has become interested in the issue of miscarriage of justice through documentaries like Making a Murderer, this is an event not to be missed.”

The event has been organised to mark the launch of the Winchester Justice Project (WJP) – which replaces the Winchester Innocence Project that was established at the university in 2008. The WJP investigates possible miscarriages of justice and is staffed by students and lecturers from the Criminology and Journalism Departments at the university. The WJP, which works in collaboration with Inside Justice, has just taken on its first case.

The WJP is part of the Crime and Justice Research Centre at the University of Winchester. The Centre was created by Dr Alan Grattan and Brian Thornton in 2013. Their vision was for the Centre to act as both a catalyst and a forum for researchers and experts to come together to share their work on issues related to crime and justice.