March 3, 2009 / 5:38 PM / in 11 years

Ex-police officers charged over murder probe

LONDON (Reuters) - Detectives charged 15 people on Tuesday, including serving and former police officers, over an infamous investigation which saw three men wrongly convicted of murder.

Prostitute Lynette White was stabbed more than 50 times on Valentines Day 1988 at a flat in Cardiff.

In 1990, three men, dubbed the “Cardiff Three,” were convicted of killing her but were cleared on appeal two years later.

The real killer Jeffrey Gafoor was finally jailed in 2003 after the case was reopened and he was tracked through DNA evidence.

On Tuesday, South Wales Police said prosecutors had found sufficient evidence to charge those at the centre of the initial police investigation.

The suspects — nine retired officers, three serving officers, a retired officer who works as a member of the police staff and two civilians — are accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and perjury.

“It is now just over 21 years since Lynette died, and her family have endured a great deal of heartache,” said South Wales Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Colette Paul. “Furthermore, we must also remember the victims of the miscarriage of justice.

“Ronald and John Actie who both stood trial twice for a murder they did not commit and Yusef Abdullahi, Stephen Miller and Antony Paris who were wrongly convicted of Lynette’s murder at the conclusion of the second trial.”

Reporting by Michael Holden

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