Bellamy Forde and Clare Evans of MW’s Civil and Commercial Litigation Division are instructed by Owen Crooks in pursuing claims of Misfeasance in Public Office and Malicious Prosecution against the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police arising from his wrongful conviction and subsequent acquittal in 2012.
Partner & Head of Civil & Commercial Litigation
Owen was convicted along with 5 others for the murder of Kevin Nunes, a drug dealer from the Whitmore Reans District of Wolverhampton in 2006. After being convicted, a report was commission by the Court of Appeal which followed a disclosure made by a police officer.
It has subsequently come to light that Staffordshire Police’s Sensitive Policing Unit was riven with bad practice and ultimately, unlawful conduct in relation to a number of very important practices that underpin the Criminal Justice System. That conduct subsequently led to the acquittal of Owen and others. In turn, that led to the Independent Police Complaints Commission establishing an investigation (Operation Kalmia) into Staffordshire Police, a report that is eagerly awaited.
It has been reported that the report will criticise a number of police officers and the force as a whole.
Owen eagerly awaits sight of that report as he seeks redress for the conduct of officers and the force as a whole with at least one newspaper describing the force as being “out of control”.
Media and Press Reports
- Express & Star (10th Oct 2017) - https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2017/10/04/kevin-nunes-watchdog-report-finds-senior-officers-failed-in-their-duties-but-none-will-be-held-accountable-for-scandal/
- Express & Star (25 Sep 2017) - https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2017/09/25/kevin-nunes-murder-staffordshire-pcc-matthew-ellis-questions-ipcc-probe/#Lo7gREkloyU5TxRu.99
- Daily Mail (23 Sep 2017) - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4913708/Out-control-police-promised-murder-witness-20-000.html
- Express & Star Synopsis You Tube Video (28 Aug 2017) - https://youtu.be/Qc-qT8BHyts
UPDATE (4th October 2017) - Operation Kalmia Report Published by IPCC
on 4th October the IPCC published their long awaited Operation Kalmia report of the investigation into Staffordshire Police.