Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pick of the Day; Miscarriage of Justice That Took Nearly 50 Years to Overturn

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pick of the Day; Miscarriage of Justice That Took Nearly 50 Years to Overturn

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Murder Casebook: Derek Bentley Tonight, London Live, 9pm Four words which hung over British law for 45 years were ones of lethal ambiguity, the notorious phrase "Let him have it" attributed to Derek Bentley and treated by the police, jury and judge to be as smoking as the gun held by Christopher Craig, who shot PC Sidney Miles during an attempted robbery.

For 45 years Bentley was deemed guilty of the murder of PC Miles atop the roof of a confectionery factory in Croydon on November 2, 1952, and for 44 of those years his sister Iris campaigned to have his name cleared. As this film documents, she died one year before the Appeal Court quashed his conviction, and it further analyses how Bentley had, as one contributor gently phrases it, "no luck" through his short life.

Bentley suffered from epilepsy and had a severely reduced mental age following a fall from a truck at a young age, his lack of education leading to frustration, marginalisation and influences from what used to be called "a bad lot".

His final bad hand was to fall in with Craig, who would lead him to nearly a half-century of infamy. Some 39 years later the feeling that justice had not been served led to a cinematic version of his story, with Christopher Eccleston playing Bentley in Let Him Have It. Words, it's claimed here, Bentley might not have even uttered.

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