was convicted of
armed robbery of Jack Nyman in March of 2007 and sentenced to 4 years
even though he had No previous convictions.
had been out with his work colleagues and was walking home with his
girlfriend after getting off the bus.
Unknown to Ben the victim had been in the police car so when asked to attend an ID parade he happily agreed. The victim stated the robber had a knife, the dog unit was called and a full search of the area was made, NO knife was found.
girlfriend has shoulder length brown hair, but the victim stated the
girl with the robber had short blond hair, she was supposed to have been
present during the robbery but was described by the police as a victim
in the police paperwork instead of witness/suspect, and her statement
wasnít taken until weeks later. Ben's girlfriend was his
Defence witness at the trial, stating he robbed no one.
Ben's girlfriend was his Defence witness at the trial, stating he robbed no one.
victim stated the assailant searched him and folded the knife over using
his right hand whilst holding chips in his left hand! As a LEFT HANDED
person he would not have been able to hold a knife in his right hand and
been able to manoeuvre it as claimed by the victim. The jury was not
offered any evidence to show he was left handed. The victim claimed to
have been previously mugged in the exact same spot before no details of
this were ever obtained or investigated.
Since Benís conviction 4 new witnesses have come forward including 2 senior managers from work to demonstrate that Ben would not have had time to commit this crime! Timings were never looked at by his legal team.