Murder conviction under review

MURDERED: Teddy Simpson.
MURDERED: Teddy Simpson.

THE case of a Wyke man convicted over the 2007 murder and torture of a Bradford businessman is under review.

Edward ‘Teddy’ Simpson, 56, was brutally murdered and his body dumped in Wyke.

Anthony Davies, 28, of Lloyds Drive, Low Moor, and Darren Martin, 38, of Markfield Avenue, Low Moor, were given life sentences after a jury convicted them of murdering Mr Simpson in August 2009.

Johnny Daniels, 36, of Cutler Heights Lane, Bradford, was jailed for 13 years and Anthony Neale, 29, of Nice View, Leeds, was given 12 years for conspiracy to rob, but the jury at Bradford Crown Court cleared them of murder.

A spokesman for the Criminal Cases Review Commission confirmed the department was now reviewing the prosecution of Anthony Paul Davies, then of Lloyds Drive, Low Moor, Bradford, as well as Errol Witter, then of Woodhouse, Leeds, who were both given life sentences for their part in the killing.

A spokesman said people convicted of crimes who had lost their appeals could apply to the CCRC to have their case looked at again.

He said any new evidence or the possibility of an unsafe conviction may be investigated, and the CCRC will decide whether or not there are grounds to send the cases back to the appeal court. He said: “In this case we have decided that further investigation is required.”

The case was featured in a BBC documentary this week about new ‘supergrass’ laws, which have led to criminals having their time in prison cut by more than 80 per cent in return for giving evidence in Court against their criminal associates.

The programme makers raised concerns over whether the laws could guard against the pitfalls of using questionable witnesses.

The case was used as an example because one man implicated in the killing, Sonny Stewart, of Bankfoot, Bradford, gave information about others involved, and had his charge reduced to manslaughter.

Davies applied for his case to be re-examined in November 2011 and Whitter in April this year.

The investigation is likely to take months.