Half way through September... and still no decision

Wang Yam's application to the Court of Appeal of England and Wales is still with the judges. He remains at Lowdham Grange prison while he awaits the news. 

Lord Chief Justice Thomas - one of the 3 justices who heard this case - is due to retire on 2 October this year, so a decision may well be handed down before this date... but even this is not certain.

We will post any updates that we have on this blog as soon as news arrives. 

No date set yet for judgement

We are still waiting for a date and time for when the Court of Appeal will hand down the decision on Wang Yam's appeal. 

It appears that it will not be on Tuesday 25 July as the court's daily list does not include this case. The decision may well be given on 26, 27 or 28 July. 

The court sits for the last time this session on 28 July 2017.

However, the court can hand down their decision during the summer or later. 

More soon... 

Wang Yam: No Verdict Yet

As of 12.42pm Friday 21 July 2017, there is no still no decision in Wang Yam's Court of Appeal case, nor is there a date for when the decision will be handed-down.

Given that the court does not sit on Monday 24 July, and that the court session ends on 31 July, it remains possible that a decision will be provided next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

An update will be provided when available, check back here for the latest. 

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.

Update for Court of Appeal hearing

With five days to go before the Court of Appeal hearing, a few things are becoming clearer.

The hearing is likely to be held in the open, unless for some unforeseen reason the Lord Chief Justice insists that it be held in camera.

The court has set aside only one day for the hearing, so it is unlikely to flow into the next day, and no other cases are listed to be held that day.

The hearing will be held on 18 July 2017 in Court number 4 at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London, starting 10.30am. 

There is no indication either way as to whether the CPS will call for a retrial in the event that the court declares the original conviction unsafe. 

Wang Yam's lawyers' application for their client to appear in court in person has failed. He will follow the proceedings by video link from a prison in Nottinghamshire. 

This means that if Wang Yam's verdict is overturned he will be released from prison not from the Royal Courts of Justice. 




Court of Appeal changes date for hearing

The Court of Appeal in England and Wales has listed a new date for the review of Wang Yam's appeal. Following the CCRC's referral in April 2016, the Court of Appeal was set to hear the case on 19th July.

The date has now been changed to 18th July, and according to a source within the court, the whole day has been set aside for the hearing.

Preliminary date set for Wang Yam's Court of Appeal hearing

According to the listing office, a preliminary date of 19 July 2017 has been set for Wang Yam's Court of Appeal hearing.

Several matters are still to be resolved, including skeletal arguments and responses. The main participants, - the justices, court, defense and prosecution lawyers - have all said they are available on this date.

The verdict could be handed down on the same day, or it could take days or weeks. Sources suggest that a decision is likely to be made before the end of this session, which is 31 July 2017. 

The Court of Appeal hearing follows on from a CCRC decision that referred the case for review.