Justice For Jimmy Ingram
Picket HMP Maidstone
Assemble: 1-2 pm Saturday 23rd June 2001
On 25th August 1991 an elderly woman,Edith Barrow,was murdered in her home in Paddock Wood,Kent.She was asphyxiated,and there was clear evidence of a break-in.In late September '91, police arrested Jimmy Ingram,having found a palm print that matched his on the kitchen door. Jimmy knew Edith Barrow through his relationship with her grand niece Lyndsey Cockell. Jimmy and Lyndsey had tried to burgle the house on a number of occasions in the past,and on one of the attempts to rob Edith Barrow, Jimmy had probably left the palm print that placed him in her home.Jimmy and Lyndsey Cockell were arrested and interviewed. Lyndsey made a false staement implicating Jimmy,following a threat from the police that she would be charged with a series of cheque book fraud offences if she failed to co-operate.
A footprint was discovered at the house on the windowsill of the kitchen. The footprint was from a size 9 Ligero Fono boot.Jimmy took a size 8,and denied buying such a boot. He was ID'd by a member of staff at Trueform in Maidstone. Subsequent checks of till receipts reveal that no such boot was ever sold in the shop!
No forensic evidence was produced to connect Jimmy to the murder.There were distinctive green fibres found on Ms Barrow's clothing and bedding,and under the fingernails of the deceased and no trace of the fibres was found on any of Jimmy's clothes.Ninety six sets of fingerprints were found at the house,two of which remain unnaccounted for.
The police originally had a number of other suspects ,including one who they interviewed on 9 occasions ,and whose alibi changed constantly,and who changed his appearance the day after the murder.This suspect-who has since disappeared-was allowed to make a phone call from police custody to set up an alibi for the night. Jimmy Ingram was fitted up because at the time he was a local petty criminal with a fair amount of form who was easy to put away because the one person who could have stood by him was coerced into making false statements under pressure from the police. Jimmy tried to appeal his conviction-arguing that the trial judge had not drawn the jury's attention to the fact that Lindsey Cockell was a suspect witness and warned the jury accordingly. His appeal was refused.
Jimmy has fought his conviction all along-refusing to cooperate with the parole board and refusing to prticipate in offending behaviour courses,and spending a fair amount of time down the block as a result. He has also been a good friend to others inside and was on the roof at Gartree with Jimmy Robinson for 82 days in 1993. Sadly Jimmy hasnt received much in the way of solidarity from anyone outside-being let down more often than he's been helped.
Jimmy is currently at HMP Maidstone and to raise the profile of his case again Kent Aganst Injustice are picketing the jail from 1-2 pm on 23rd June 2001 , nine years on from Jimmy's conviction.Join us to fight for justice for Jimmy Ingam.
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