Court of Appeal hearing summary

Wang Yam's case was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in Londonl today.

Starting at 10.30am and finishing after 3pm, it was a full day of hearing at the Court of Appeal Three new witnesses gave evidence in courtroom 4 before Lord Chief Justice Thomas and two others (Sweeney and May). 

Michael Dunn spoke about how he met a strange man with a Northern Irish accent carrying a plank of wood outside 9 Downshire Hill. This man suggested that Allan Chappelow had recently ridden his motorbikes to Liverpool, despite it being clear that they hadn't been mobile in years. 

Peter Hall said that he had numerous contacts with a man called "Allan" on West Heath, a gay cruising spot in NW London, and that this "Allan" had disappeared around the time of the murder of Allan Chappelow. Hall provided details about their activities, including a 'slapping bench', a paddle and a cat o nine tails. Hall said that when he saw Allan Chappelow's photo in the paper he recognized him as the man he'd be with on the Heath. 

Jonathan Bean said that he lived at 14a Downshire Hill and that he'd experienced a similar postal theft in Feb 2007 just a few months after the murder Allan Chappelow. He said that he'd been terrified, thinking he would suffer the same fate as his neighbor. He said he was surprised that his report to local police had not been handed to the murder investigation team. 

The prosecution lawyer Duncan Atkinson raised doubts about all three witnesses and said that their testimony was unlikely to have changed the jury's minds. 

Wang Yam's lawyer said the new evidence was enough to have his murder conviction overturned.

At the end of the hearing, Lord Chief Justice Thomas said that they would take some time to make a decision and would provide it as soon as possible. The Court of Appeal's term ends on 31 July 2017.