1995, A very famous case that made headlines the world over.
That of Leah Betts. She had brought and died after taking ecstasy. The
relevance to this case is that the drug had been purchased from the
drug gang led by Tony Tucker.
6th December 1995, Tucker, Rolfe, and Tate were
drug dealers, this night the were shot dead in their range rover in a
quiet lane in Essex.
The following morning the scene was discovered by local
farmer Peter Theobald.
follows is an attempt to publish the truth, there are confessions and
lies, and telling who did what is near impossible.
January 1996, Fellow gang member
Darren Nicholls confesses to being the getaway driver and names Steele
and Whomes as the killers., Nicholls was charged by the police with
importing cannabis, but in lieu of turning Queen's evidence, he walked
in January 1996 East end
gangster Billy Japsper was arrested for armed robbery, he too confessed
to being the getaway driver. Police never believed Jasper, he was not
charged in connection with the murders.
May 1996, Michael Steele & Jack
Whomes are charged with murder.
1998, Steele and Whomes are convicted of murder at the Old Bailey in
London. Nicholls claimed he was unaware of why he was driving and what
the purpose of the trip was.
September 2000, Steele and Whomes
case referred to the Criminal Cases review commission.
Steele's solicitor claim that the testimony of Nicholls is unsafe and
therefore there is no case.
Judges rejected an appeal by Steele and Whomes who still protest their
innocence, claiming they were set up, this being a miscarriage of
November 2007, Solicitor Chris Bowen
reporting to the criminal cases review claimed he had new
evidence that "Would blow the case apart".
2015, a new appeal is rejected, the Criminal Cases
Review Commission refused to send Steele's case back to the
Court of Appeal
January 2016, The High Court upholds the CCRC