Posthumous appeal v conviction
The Court of Appeal yesterday referred a conviction to the full court in the case of Ken MacKreth, who sadly died in 2006.
Ken MacKreth was originally convicted in June 2000 at Liverpool Crown Court for serious sexual assaults against former care home residents (investigated in the course of âOperation Careâ). He served a 5 year sentence, but on 13th June 2006, submitted an application for leave to appeal the conviction. Sadly just over a week later, on 22nd June 2006, Ken died age 92.
With the approval of the court to act as personal representative for her father, Mrs Susan Bateman was authorised to proceed with the application.
The application first went before a single judge on 2nd May 2007 where it was refused leave. However the matter was renewed and heard before the court on 3rd July 2008 where Hooper LJ, Cox J and Sir Christopher Holland granted leave and referred the case to the full court.