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Fourth member of Stockwell Six clears his name at Court of Appeal

Written by on 23/11/2021

A fourth member of the so-called “Stockwell Six”, who was convicted for allegedly attempting to rob a corrupt police officer nearly 50 years ago, has had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Texo Johnson, now aged 67 and who lives in the US, was with five other young black men who were all arrested on the London Underground during a night out while travelling from Stockwell station, south London, on 18 February 1972.

The group of friends were put on trial at the Old Bailey, largely on the word of British Transport Police officer Detective Sergeant Derek Ridgewell.

They all pleaded not guilty and told jurors police officers had lied and subjected them to violence and threats.

All except one were convicted and sent to jail or Borstal, a youth detention centre.

Their convictions were referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Mr Johnson was cleared by the Court of Appeal at a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London on Tuesday.

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Sir Julian Flaux, sitting with Lord Justice Dingemans and Lady Justice Andrews, said it is “most unfortunate that it has taken nearly 50 years to rectify the injustice suffered”.

Judges cleared the names of three of his friends – Courtney Harriot, Paul Green and Cleveland Davidson – earlier this year.

 Sky News

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