Charity believes case should yet again be reviewed
Glasgow’s Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (Mojo) has confirmed it is helping campaigners to mount a fresh appeal in a bid to free the killer of a Dalkeith schoolgirl in 2003.
Luke Mitchell was convicted of the murder of Jodie Jones in 2005 and ordered to serve at least 20 years in prison.
Since then the 29 year old has mounted numerous appeals and has consistently protested his innocence.
The charity believes that flaws in the police investigation led to a miscarriage of justice and must be re-examined.
One is the alleged failure of detectives to consider other men who, according to the review group, should have been considered as potential suspects but were either never interviewed or not properly investigated.
Paddy Hill, one of the six men wrongly convicted of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings and Dr Sandra Lean, a criminologist who spearheaded a previous appeal to the SCCRC in 2014, are both involved
“I have looked very closely at this case and I remain extremely concerned and disturbed that Luke was convicted of this crime based on the evidence presented,” said Hill, who was released in 1991 after 16 years in jail.
Professor Allan Jamieson, a leading forensics expert, has also agreed to review the police evidence against Mitchell.
The discovery of 14-year-old's mutilated body triggered shock and revulsion across Scotland. Luke Mitchell was her boyfriend and had arranged to meet her on the day
Mojo was founded in 2001 backed by a pledge from Hill to campaign for those he had left behind in prison and “to bring a voice to the voiceless.”
He thought he might have had to take a year out of campaigning on their behalf before trying to build a life outside prison, but has now been campaigning for over 20 years.
The organisation says it now deals with hundreds of enquires each year.
The case will be presented to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).