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Lynette White: Man wrongly convicted over 1988 murder dies

Lynette White: Man wrongly convicted over 1988 murder dies

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man who was wrongly jailed for the 1988 murder of Lynette White has died.

Tony Paris was wrongly convicted in 1990 along with two other men for the murder of 20-year-old Ms White in Cardiff, Wales.

Mr Paris, Stephen Miller and Yusef Abdullahi, who became known as the “Cardiff Three”, were were later freed by the Court of Appeal in 1992 when a judge heavily criticised the original police investigation.

The prosecution later admitted that crucial papers surrounding the murder of prostitute Ms White – stabbed 50 times in February 1988 – had been destroyed by one of the corruption investigation officers.

On Sunday, Mr Paris’ family confirmed he died aged 65. His daughter vowed to continue to raise awareness and combat injustice.

She tweeted: “I can’t believe I’m writing this.. My dad Anthony (Tony) Paris has sadly passed. Anyone who knows me knows my dad is everything to me. It was me and him against the world.

“I will continue to raise awareness and fight for those who face injustice in his name. I love you dada!”

In 2003, Jeffrey Gafoor, a client of Ms Lynette, admitted murdering her and is now serving life behind bars.

His admission led to the investigation into officers in the original case and 10 went on trial accused of bullying witnesses into agreeing to fabricated accounts of the killing.

But the £30m trial collapsed in December 2011 when prosecutors claimed that files had been destroyed.

Last year, former Chief Constable of South Wales Police Matt Jukes said the men should be recognised as victims and he was “sorry for the effect on their lives”.

Speaking during a special BBC documentary about the case, Mr Paris said: “It’s important, 30 years down the line, because although we’ve had apologies before, now the whole world can see we are innocent and we are victims.”

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