We, the undersigned, respectful request H.M to commission an independent judicial review into all matters (disclosed and undisclosed) in the case of Charlene Downes. The purpose of the independent review will be to ascertain if there is cause for a re-trial.
Charlene Downes was a girl from Blackpool who disappeared in 2003, aged 14. She is presumed murdered.
During police investigations covert tape recordings were made in which local kebab shop owner Iyad Albattikhi allegedly admits to having sex with Downes, killing her, feeding her body into a meat grinder and apparently using her as kebab meat. Albattikhi and his business partner Mohammed Reveshi were put on trial in 2007.]
The jury failed to receive a verdict and a retrial was set for April 2008. However, senior police officers raised objections to the evidence and the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Crown Prosecution Service were notified. The CPS offered no evidence against Albattikhi and Reveshi, the trial was called off and the two men - who claim never to have met Charlene - were released.
On 15 October 2009, after an eighteen-month investigation, the IPCC declared that the conversations had not been properly transcribed, that the officers on the case were "inexperienced and untrained" and that the informant had not been properly briefed
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Charlene, her family, friends and the wider community have been let down the, proven, blunderings of Blackpool C.I.D. Karen, Charlene's mother, mourns the loss of her daughter; but cannot find...
Charlene, her family, friends and the wider community have been let down the, proven, blunderings of Blackpool C.I.D. Karen, Charlene's mother, mourns the loss of her daughter; but cannot find any peace as she has not been able to lay her daughter to rest. Charlene needs justice and I hope you agree by signing this petition. Thank you.