Released from prison today, Freshwater Five Dan says, ‘Nine years of my life stolen’: Appeal underway

Dan said, “I’ve had nine years of my life stolen from me for something I didn’t do. I may have been released from prison but I am still not free. Only the Court of Appeal can put this right now.”

Freshwater Five - Dan Payne on day of release by the sea

Dan Payne of the Freshwater Five was released from prison today (Friday 14th June 2019) after serving nine years for a crime he maintains he did not commit.

Dan was among five men who were imprisoned for a total of 104 years accused of smuggling £53m of cocaine. All men maintain their innocence.

After being released today, Dan said,

“I am looking forward to getting home, cuddling my mum and dad and having some good food. I can’t believe my dog has lasted this long but she will be there to greet me.”

Payne: “Nine years of my life stolen from me”
He went on to say,

“I have missed the sea so much. I reckon it’s saltwater running in my veins.

“I have had nine years of my life stolen from me for something I didn’t do. I may have been released from prison but I am still not free. Only the Court of Appeal can put this right now.”

Dan is being represented by legal charity the Centre for Criminal Appeals. His appeal is pending before a single judge.

Also released
Scott Birtwistle, one of the ‘Freshwater Five’, was released from prison in March 2018 having served more than six years for a crime he has always insisted he did not commit.

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Friday, 14th June, 2019 6:27pm

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denbo17

“New comment on the discussion section you’ve been interested in UNSUBSCRIBE” Sally Perry. Why have you sent this message to my E-Mail ?

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There are also a lot of people walking our towns and cities who are guilty. The issue is simple is the new evidence supplied after the trial (and during) enough to prove that these men could not have retrieved the drugs that they are accused of. If the new evidence does not stand examination fine if it does let the men appeal. Because unlike many people in… Read more »
Tim

Its a sad fact but our prisons are full of people convicted of crimes that they didn’t commit.

denbo17

Sarcastic ****** Sarcasm is an ironic or satirical remark tempered by humor. Mainly, people use it to say the opposite of what’s true to make someone look or feel foolish. …

jacq
I have followed the story of these innocent fishermen for some years now. When simple circumstancial evidence abounds that all these men were living well within their reasonable recognisable means and not from crime, it boggles the mind to even consider that our justice system is seen to be fit for a civil society. Will the chief of local police be willing for his two officers to… Read more »
denbo17

1000 + GREEN THUMBS.

denbo17

Justice is a concept on ethics and law that means that people behave in a way that is fair, equal and balanced for everyone. So all 5 should have been freed years ago.