What of the Strathclyed Police officers who invented the lie that Shirley left her fingerprint at the scene while having sex with another Strathclyde Police officer, and then called various newspaper reporters they knew and, as "anonymous sources," tried to plant that story in the press to slander Shirley? I was asked about that story by Marcello Mega, one of the reporters who had a police officer contact him, in about 2001. Did those cops also represent the "highest ideals" of the police service? Were any of them ever disciplined? Was there ever even any effort whatsoever put into identifying those officers and dealing with them? Or were they ignored with a wink and a nudge and allowed to keep their jobs and receive honorable retirement penions with medals for distinguished service?Stephen House wrote: (Shirley McKie) adhered to the highest ideals of the police service; displaying honesty and integrity of a remarkably high manner.
Stephen House wrote: . . . no conspiracy against Ms McKie.
‘This site is dedicated to the memory of Marion Ross who was murdered in her home in January 1997 and who has often been forgotten in the wake of the extraordinary chain of events that followed from her death.’
POLICE chiefs are waiting for prosecutors to decide whether a murder case at the centre of the Shirley McKie controversy will be reopened under double jeopardy laws.
Veteran Glasgow Labour councillor, Jim McNally, said: "We've forgotten that Marion Ross was murdered and a person was convicted and then walked free. It would seem the police have no intention of taking further action, and that is a travesty of justice."
But Mr House hit back, claiming: "Marion Ross was murdered and we have not forgotten that. As a result of the fingerprint inquiry I wrote to the Crown Office and asked if it should be reinvestigated. We have very firm views on how that should proceed and would be delighted if we received instructions on how to proceed with that case."
1. Cold case review of the Marion Ross murder
Any information concerning the state of the murder investigation into the murder of Marion Ross is extremely hard to come by. What has been ascertained however is that two fingerprint mistakes were made in this murder investigation and that one of them was critical to David Asbury’s conviction.
The Inquiry Report lays out the prosecution evidence offered at David Asbury’s trial.
• The unexplained presence of Mr Asbury’s print on the gift tag.
• A 38 seconds delay by Mr Asbury in replying in the negative to the direct
question whether or not he murdered Miss Ross.
• A voluntary statement from Mr Asbury to the effect that he had called at the house of the deceased because his car had broken down and he wanted to call his mother. When he realised he had run out of petrol he had not made the call and after the
deceased had shown him around the house and he had used the toilet he left.”
• The Marion Ross print QI2 recovered from the biscuit tin found in Mr Asbury’s bedroom.
http://www.thefingerprintinquiryscotlan ... ow_res.pdf
It has since been established that the only credible evidence gathered by the police related to the fingerprint on the Christmas tag.
The evidence of the delay in responding to the police and the emphasis placed on his voluntary statement looks extremely weak when countered with research knowledge about the psychological and emotional pressures on accused persons and the dangers of false confessions in voluntary statements.
The inescapable fact is that here we have two fingerprint errors in the one case and once this was discredited it was inevitable that the prosecution fell. That the Lord Advocate decided not to seek a retrial appears significant as is the fact that the appeal judges voiced ‘considerable concern’ over the case.
I have had access to the Police logs kept during the investigation and it is clear to me that there were a number of other suspects in the case until the Asbury print was found on the Christmas tag in the victims home. Once the Asbury print was found these suspects were sidelined.
To my knowledge there has never been an independent review of all the fingerprint and forensic evidence adduced in the case.
Given these facts I believe that you should request that a ‘cold case review’ should be carried out by the Police to re-assess the evidence and ensure that no further lines of enquiry remain to be carried out.
Chief Constable Statement - Shirley McKie
The Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, Stephen House QPM, today commented on his recent meeting with former officers, Shirley and Iain McKie.
"On December 14th last year, Sir Anthony Campbell published his report onto what has become known as 'The Shirley McKie Case' or 'The Fingerprint Inquiry.'
"Sir Anthony's report related to matters that took place during the murder of Marion Ross and the identification of a finger printed that was, wrongly, adjudged to belong to Shirley McKie.
"I am satisfied that Sir Anthony's report did not find fault in the way in which Strathclyde Officers had conducted themselves throughout the course of events that led to the establishment of the inquiry.
"However, I did think that it was right and proper for me to meet with Shirley and Iain McKie and for me to apologise to them for the very lengthy and very public process that they had had to endure and for any pain and suffering that they have experienced as a result.
"Both were officers in this force and it is my belief that Shirley, in maintaining the truth under such traumatic circumstances, adhered to the highest ideals of the police service; displaying honesty and integrity of the highest order.
"Both Shirley and Iain appreciated the fact that I had met with them and, like me, they hope that lessons can and will be learned as a result. I believe that everyone wants the Campbell report to have a positive effect on forensics and fingerprint practices here in Scotland and across the UK.
"The McKies now wish to move on and to get on with their lives. I hope that the meeting that I had with them will play a part in allowing them to do so".
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