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Life after life: The extraordinary story of John Kamara

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John Kamara was jailed for 20 years for murdering John Suffield in 1981 – even though he was entirely innocent of the crime. His conviction happened in the shadow of the bitter Toxteth race riots in Liverpool.

He spend over 16 years in solitary confinement, writing more than 375,000 letters asking everyone from his local MP to the Pope for help. He was finally released when it was discovered the police had failed to disclose a large amount of highly significant documents from the defence.

But that’s only half the story… because life outside prison proved to be almost as hard as life inside. On 15th February at 7pm John Kamara tells his extraordinary story at the University of Winchester (Stripe Auditorium).

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The public talk is the latest event organised by  the Crime and Justice Research Centre (CJRC) at the University of Winchester. Previous speakers include: Award winning investigative journalist Louise Shorter and miscarriage of justice victim Michael O’Brien.

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.

At the heart of the CJRC is the Winchester Justice Project (WJP). 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, is currently working on two live cases.