Lee Firkins is innocent
Another Miscarriage of Justice!
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And so to the Court of Appeal.....

"going the Christian way..."   after his release Mr Z did the following:
lied constantly 
drove while disqualified
sold heroin
 sold date rape drugs 
The Court's Ruling
The Court found no problem Mr Z's evidence despite all the new information about his dishonesty and his greed
The Court approved the jury hearing about Lee Firkins' bad character
The Court was content that Lee be convicted on the basis of a confession his brother was alleged to have made

What happened after the trial was even more extraordinary.  Soon after giving his evidence Mr Z was released from prison and rehoused by Devon and Cornwall police well away from his old stamping ground in Cardiff.  He was provided with a fully furnised flat, a mobile phone, a TV and DVD player, and drip fed with money.  He promised he would stick to the straight and narrow and cooperate with his police handlers and probation officers and drug treatment workers. 

From time to time he would renew his request for the 10,000 reward he had been promised for his role in convicting the Firkins brothers.

Needless to say, his pledges of good behaviour were entirely empty.  Soon Devon and Cornwall Police were warning him he was breaching the terms of their agreement and that he was at risk of being returned to prison.  It was at this point that Mr Z first threatened Devon and Cornwall police that he would tell a journalist what he had been up to on their behalf and his part in securing the guilty murder verdicts.  He stated he had a contact at the News of the World and he could sell his story about being "undercover and in the cell".
Within weeks of this he was yet again dealing drugs from the flat that Devon and Cornwall police had provided.  Shortly after he was caught by a police drugs sting organised by the police force for the area where he was now housed.  Mr Z was returned to prison and convicted of dealing Class A drugs.  Soon after his return to custody he tried to make good on his threat to "go public" with the inside story of the murder investigation.
He wrote a letter to a News of the World journalist in which he offered to disclose what had really happened between him and the Devon & Cornwall Police.  He handed the letter to a probation officer saying it was his intention "to discredit the Devon and Cornwall police" with "dates and venues of meetings with various ranking police officers and lists of enticements and wrongdoing".
The Probation Officer promised to destroy the letter but instead passed it to the police.  Eventually it was passed to the defence.  The Court of Appeal ordered first another police force and then the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) to investigate.  Mr Z refused to explain the letter saying that he would love to be in a position to talk freely and hinting that he was frightened of the police.  One thing he did say was that his account of wrongdoings in the investigation went back to "Day One".  The CCRC obtained the record of his handling by police following his 2006 release from prison.
 Despite a lengthy CCRC investigation no-one could establish what had happened when Mr Z had left HMP Exeter with police on 20th May 2004, six days before the Crimewatch broadcast
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It turned out that the police had paid Mr Z thousands of pounds in the form of assistance with his rent.  They bought him a mobile phone, a TV and DVD, a bed, wardrobe, armchair and clothing.
 It emerged that Mr Z  had led the police a merry dance after his release, seeking constant payments, help with housing, money for drugs, and  money for girlfriends.  He tested positive for cannabis, cocaine a
"Undercover and in the cell"
Mr Z threatened to tell the News of the World about "being undercover and in the cell".  If this was true then the whole of the prosecution case was fundamentally untruthful. 
which should we believe - Mr Z in Court or Mr Z threatening to talk to the News of the World?  He must have been  lying one time or the other!
European Court
Lee's lawyers have lodged his appeal with the European Court and await a preliminary ruling within the next 12 months