23 September 2017   |  Last Updated 20-03-2015 10:51

      Murder law campaigners Jengba say they are making progress

      A GROUP attempting to change the law that can allow someone to be convicted of a murder they did not actually commit says their campaign is starting to make progress.

      Campaigners marched to Downing Street for their loved ones who they say have been wrongly convicted of murder.

      Currently, under joint enterprise, someone can be prosecuted because they were present when a crime was committed or they played a secondary role.

      Yesterday Jengba - which stands for Joint Enterprise Not Guilty By Association - handed in a petition to Downing Street yesterday with over 10,000 signatures.

       

      Among the campaigners who took the petition to the door was the group’s patron, writer Jimmy McGovern, and campaigner Janet Cunliffe.

       

      Mrs Cunliffe, from Wigan, whose son Jordan was convicted of the murder of Garry Newlove under joint enterprise in 2008, said: “We’re going to keep the campaign alive- this is not over by a long shot.”

       

      Mrs Cunliffe has been increasing the awareness of the campaign since Jengba was founded in 2010.

       

      Now there are families from all across the country whose loved ones have been convicted of murder under the law - acts they have called miscarriages of justice.

       

      Mrs Cunliffe added: “There used to be nothing ever happening, but now we are seeing small changes.

       

      “We have been chipping away for so long and now we are starting to make cracks and have glimmers of hope.”

       

      Over the past few months the group have stepped up their crusade to gain more publicity and spread the message about joint enterprise further, with planned protests up and down the country.

       

      This came after the Justice Select Committee called for an urgent review of the law in December following a report that stated many who were serving sentences for murder under the legislation should have been convicted of lesser crimes.

       

      Last month, two Merseyside men, Gerard Childs and Stephen Price, had their joint enterprise murder convictions overturned- to manslaughter and affray.

       

      Their families had been some of those involved with Jengba’s campaigns.

       

      Mrs Cunliffe added: “We have to wait and see what will happen next.

       

      “With the election coming up there will be little to be done until the new government- but we are not going away.”

      By Rebekah Dewhurst

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