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Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby admin » 08 Jul 2008, 18:50

From The Scotsman

THE case against four men accused of the murder of prostitute Emma Caldwell has collapsed, prosecutors said today. The Crown Office said there would be "no further proceedings" at present over the death of the 27-year-old Glasgow woman. However, prosecutors have said they could still bring a case to court in the future.

Miss Caldwell's parents today expressed their disappointment over the development.

Four Turkish men were arrested in August last year in connection with Miss Caldwell's murder. Huseyin Cobanoglu, 55, from Irvine, Halil Kandil, 34, from Cadder in Glasgow, Abubekir Oncu, 31, from Springboig in Glasgow, and Mustafa Soylemez, 36 , from Glasgow, were charged with strangling Miss Caldwell, 27, at the Turkish Community Cafe in Glasgow's Bridge Street in 2005. They were also accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice by dumping her body in woods.

The men, who were arrested after police raids, made no plea or
declaration when they appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court in September 2007. They were later released on bail.

A Crown Office spokeswoman said: "On the basis of the evidence as it currently stands, there will be no further proceedings in the meantime but it is to be noted specifically that the Crown reserves the right to proceed in the future.

"Emma's family have been kept fully informed of developments in this case, and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is grateful for the dignity and understanding they have shown as they try to cope with their dreadful loss. "Senior representatives of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service met the family on July 3 and explained the position to them. We will continue to liaise with the family throughout this investigation. "The investigation remains live and any additional evidence will be assessed by the procurator fiscal, and by Crown Counsel."

Miss Caldwell's parents, William and Margaret, said: "We have supported Strathclyde Police and the Procurator Fiscal Service during the investigation into the death of our daughter for the past three years and we know that they have done everything possible to get justice for Emma.

"We were recently informed by the Crown Office that a trial will not be proceeded with to court at this time, and despite our disappointment, while the possibility exists for a trial to take place at some point in the future, we will not comment further on the details of the case.

Miss Caldwell's body was discovered by a dog walker in woods near Roberton, Lanarkshire in May 2005. She had turned to prostitution to feed a heroin habit, becoming an addict after the death of her sister. She was last seen on April 4 near a women's hostel in the Govanhill area of Glasgow around 11pm.

The Crown Office added that it had yet to take a final decision on the case.

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Dead prostitute’s parents back drugs action

Postby admin » 17 Mar 2009, 20:26

From The Press and Journal, Scotland

THE parents of a young woman murdered after becoming a prostitute to feed her heroin addiction yesterday backed a drugs awareness campaign.

Emma Caldwell was found dead in woods near Biggar, Lanarkshire, in May 2005. The 27-year-old, a former horse-riding teacher, had turned to drugs following the death of her older sister, Karen, 31, from cancer.

Her murder remains unsolved despite a string of high-profile appeals. Four Turkish men were arrested over her death in August 2007 but the case collapsed in July.

Her parents, Margaret and William Caldwell, yesterday joined Community Safety Minister Fergus Ewing at the launch of a new Know the Score advertising campaign in Glasgow.

The Scottish Government initiative focuses on urging parents to refresh their knowledge about drugs and discuss the issue with their children.

Mrs Caldwell said: “When we discovered that Emma was a drug addict, we felt that we were drowning. We were looking for a life-raft to climb up on, to help us out, and there was nothing there for us. We supported Emma as much as we could through her illness – but we just wish Know the Score had been in place then.â€

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Re: Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby Preacher » 17 Mar 2009, 21:08

admin wrote:
The men, who were arrested after police raids, made no plea or
declaration when they appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court in September 2007. They were later released on bail.


Not a very strong case against them from the beginning, by the sound of it; they were bailed even though, being of Turkish origin, there was a chance they'd abscond.

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Man accused of Emma death is jailed for rapes

Postby admin » 04 Jun 2009, 20:37

A MAN accused of murdering prostitute Emma Caldwell has been jailed for 10 years for raping two women. Huseyin Cobanoglu, 57, a Turkish national, was convicted of two rapes and three sex attacks on prostitutes in the Glasgow area. He was one of four men accused last year of murdering Emma in April 2005.

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Re: Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby admin » 05 Apr 2015, 23:25

THE mother of Emma Caldwell urged Police Scotland to reinvestigate the former suspect who took detectives to the spot where her daughter was found dead. Devastated Margaret Caldwell and dad William visited the isolated wood to lay flowers in memory of Emma and say she cannot understand why a man who, by his own admission, had driven her daughter there at least six times was not pressed on any involvement in her death.

She said: “We were completely unaware of this man’s existence but it seems almost unbelievable that he would, by chance, have taken Emma to this place too. It has been so hard over the years and part of me just wants to let it go but she was my little girl, is still my little girl, and we need to know the truth. I hope the police will tell us about this man and explain why he could not have killed Emma. If they can’t, I hope they will properly look at the evidence again.”

Sadly, Emma’s dad William died in 2011, aged 62, and his brother-in-law Jim Coyle, Emma’s uncle, said he never gave up hope that his daughter’s killer would be caught.

Jim said: “He told me on his deathbed to keep trying to find out the truth and to get justice for Emma and I gave him my word. I hope the police are still trying too because this information seems significant to us. I would not criticise the way the police handled the investigation or how they kept us informed. But they seemed certain that the Turkish men were involved and I would like to be reassured that they have properly looked at this.

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Re: Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby admin » 06 Aug 2015, 10:27

A journalist who uncovered alleged flaws in a police investigation into the unsolved murder of a prostitute 10 years ago believes he was spied on by police without any judicial approval being sought.

The allegation made by BBC journalist Eamon O'Connor will raise fresh concerns over claims that the national force breached rules by obtaining communications data without first going through the courts.

A recent report from the Interception of Communications Commissioner Office (IOCCO) revealed that two UK forces have breached a new code of conduct, which came into force in March. Police Scotland has refused to confirm reports that it is one of the organisations.


Mr O'Connor appeared on the BBC's Scotland 2015 programme to explain his belief that he had been put under surveillance after looking into what went wrong with the original investigation into the murder of Emma Caldwell, a 27-year-old heroin addict who had been working as a prostitute. She was discovered dead in woods near Biggar in May 2005.

He believes as a result of his reports on the investigation on BBC File on Four investigation into the police inquiry transmitted in May this year on Radio 4, the Lord Advocate gave instructions to Police Scotland to reinvestigate the case.

Two weeks ago he gave a witness statement to the team that are reinvestigating and later was contacted by a source who wanted to speak to him using an encrypted phone.

The source told him that he had been told by a senior Police Scotland figure that reporters had been monitored by the Counter Corruption Unit and that it was believed he had been one of those targeted.

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Re: Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby admin » 30 Nov 2015, 23:22

POLICE Scotland pursued an illegal spying operation against serving and former officers after leaks revealed failings during the investigation into the murder of sex worker Emma Caldwell. Police wasted vital resources on the unlawful molehunt by combing through the phone records of officers they suspected had blown the whistle to the press on the mishandled investigation.

One of the ex-police officers, Gerry Gallacher, will take the force to a Tribunal after he was told last week by a surveillance watchdog that he is one of the victims. “I am furious that my privacy has been breached without justification,” he said.

The Interceptions of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) confirmed on Wednesday that Police Scotland was guilty of five breaches of a new Code to protect journalists’ sources.

Since March 25, any police force wanting to use the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to flush out a source has to obtain judicial approval. RIPA allows officers to access details of texts, emails and phone records. The March rule change had been pushed through by MPs because protecting whistleblowers and journalists’ sources is judged to be an indispensable human right.

However, the IOCCO stated in July that two unnamed forces had not sought judicial permission and the Evening Times' sister paper, the Sunday Herald, went on to reveal that Police Scotland was one of the culprits. The IOCCO’s official confirmation last week ended months of silence from Police Scotland and the Scottish Government on the subject.

The breaches affected four individuals, who can now seek compensation from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT).

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Re: Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby admin » 27 Mar 2016, 15:34

A retired detective who worked on the original police probe into the unsolved murder of sex worker Emma Caldwell has broken his silence on the “flawed” investigation.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Herald, Geoff Fisher said the failed bid to find the killer had been a “monumental waste of money” and blasted the former Strathclyde Police force for focusing on the wrong suspects. He fears there is now “no chance” of a conviction and said of the police handling of the case: “Sketchy doesn’t even begin to cover it.”

Fisher also spoke of how the force’s scandal-hit Counter Corruption Unit (CCU) put him through "four years of torture" over alleged data protection breaches that the Crown Office is not pursuing.

Caldwell’s murder in 2005 triggered one of the biggest manhunts in the history of the old Strathclyde force, but the investigation has since become a byword for failure. Senior officers wrongly believed four Turkish men were responsible for the Glasgow woman’s death and they mounted an elaborate bugging operation in a city café used by the men. The suspects were charged but the case collapsed after serious concerns were raised about the quality of evidence gathered.

Revelations about the botched police probe, including the fact that a Scottish suspect had been repeatedly questioned, led to the single force launching a re-investigation last year. Police Scotland has also been under fire for illegally spying on serving and retired officers they wrongly believed had leaked information to the media about the original Caldwell probe.

Fisher, who was a detective on the case, told the Sunday Herald he could stay silent no longer: "I'm speaking out because of the huge public interest and the way Police Scotland and the Counter Corruption Unit have been operating."

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Re: Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby triple h » 01 Jul 2016, 15:16

The unsolved case of Emma Caldwell and Glasgow's infamous prostitute murders

Veteran crime reporter Ron McKay is tracing Glasgow's most infamous murders - in this instalment, unsolved cases from the city's red light district

Emma Caldwell, 27, was the last of seven to die, her naked body found in a ditch in isolated woodland in Lanarkshire by a dog walker.

This was in May 2005. Six other women, addicts working the streets and alleys of the city centre, had been murdered and it seemed that there was also an eighth too - Marjorie Roberts, whose body was dragged from the Clyde. But because there were no marks on her body it was eventually concluded that foul play could not be proved.

Over more than a decade there were rumours of a serial killer stalking 'the drag' because of the similarities in at least three of the murders, but police discounted these. It was just that prostitutes were statistically more likely to encounter violence, they said.

But, with the finding of Caldwell's body, allegations once more arose that the police were not properly pursuing this case and the others, and the focus was intense on what was then the Strathclyde force.

At first the investigation appeared to be textbook, both relentless and assiduous.

Senior officers were made acutely aware that the other murders were unsolved. The usual suspects were rounded up and pulled in, men known to visit prostitutes regularly.

One of those was Iain Packer, an admitted user, which had already cost him two marriages. He was also a regular client of Caldwell's. He was the main suspect, interviewed six times.

Prostitutes interviewed told how he would pick them up in the city and drive them 30 miles to a remote spot, in forestry land in south Lanarkshire, before asking them to strip and have sex outdoors.

But Packer was not charged and now the investigation – codenamed Operation Guard - took a totally different tack, supercharged at an estimated cost of £4m, the most expensive in Strathclyde police history, pulling in detectives from all over the country.

It focused on a Turkish cafe in Glasgow and four men. Audio and video surveillance of them was almost constant, phones were tapped and, 27 months after Emma’s disappearance, the four – Huseyin Cobanoglu, 63, Halil Kandil, 42, Abubekir Oncu, 39, and Mustafa Soylemez, 44 – were charged with strangling her in the cafe before transporting her body to the woodland.

What caused the case to collapse was monumental incompetence by the police and the Crown prosecution.

Defence lawyers questioned the accuracy of translated transcripts of the allegedly incriminating taped conversations. It was claimed the police tapes had recorded the four men discussing the murder in the cafe.

A Grampian police officer, of Turkish origin, claimed the men spoke about killing Emma and disposing of her body in a carpet. But two other specialists said they heard no mention of murder on the tapes.

The case crumbled.

So did the investigation's final credibility. In 2013 one of the four accused of killing Caldwell settled out of court after suing police for £100,000. Halil Kandil had spent 80 days in prison before the Crown dropped the charges and won the payout for false arrest after a three-year legal battle.

Two years later, in 2015, police were ordered to reinvestigate the Caldwell murder, but it then emerged that detectives had secretly been ordered to seize phone data from suspected whistleblowers who had allegedly given information about the bungled original case to the Sunday Mail.

Police Scotland breached regulations five times by failing to get a judge’s approval for the operation, their actions branded “reckless” by privacy watchdog, the Interception of Communications Commissioner.

It's depressing and dismal, the story and the history. Only one person has been convicted in the seven murders, and then in a retrial.

In May 1998, Brian Donnelly, celebrating his 19th birthday, battered and strangled Margo Lafferty, who was also a heroin addict and dealer, in a disused builder's yard in West Regent Street.

He was granted a new trial after the judge in the original one was ruled to have misdirected the jury. He was unanimously found guilty second time around.

The conviction was unusual. The homicide rate for prostitutes in Britain is 12 times higher than for other women and the killings constitute the largest single group of unsolved murders.

Like that of Tracey Wylde, aged 21, found beaten to death in her flat in Barmulloch in November 1997.

And Jacqueline Gallacher, 26, last seen alive during the early hours on 24 June, 1996 in Glasgow city centre. Her body was found the next day dumped on a grass verge next to a bus stop on a main road in West Dunbartonshire. She was hidden in shrubbery and wrapped in an unusual home-made curtain.

Eight years later a client, George Johnstone, who had sex with her on the night, his semen found on her clothing, was tried for her murder but the case was found not proven.

Leona McGovern, 25, was found dead behind Glasgow Arts Centre in Washington Street, stabbed 17 times and throttled. George Walker was cleared of her murder after his defence team produced another man who they claimed had killed her. Detectives said that the other man had been questioned and eliminated from their inquiries.

Mother-of-two Karen McGregor's body was discovered at the SECC in April 1993. She had been beaten around the head and throttled. She was 28. Her husband, Charles, was tried for murder but the jury found the case not proven.

Dianne McInally was uncovered in bushes in Pollok Park in October 1991. The 23-year-old worked the streets to fund drug addiction, the familiar story. Two men were charged with her murder - believed to be over money owed for drugs - but were freed due to lack of evidence.

The eighth prostitute death was of mother-of-three Marjorie Roberts, 34, who was pulled from the Clyde, near Jamaica Bridge, in August 1995. CCTV cameras showed her with a man in Broomielaw hours before she was found.

Weeks later the same man was accused of trying to push another prostitute into the river. The victim managed to get away and flagged down a taxi driver, but she would not take any action over the incident.

Some 20 years later, in 2015, the police file was closed as 'no criminality could be established'. Because there were no marks on the body it could not be definitively established that she had been killed, although her bereaved sister still claims she was murdered and that she knows the identity of the killer.

It may be the oldest profession, but it is also one of the most deadly.

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Re: Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby admin » 01 Jul 2016, 18:09

Thanks for posting that H
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Re: Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby admin » 05 Feb 2017, 20:32

The devastated mum of a woman who was brutally murdered more than 11 years ago has recounted the agony of her daughter's heroin hell. Emma Caldwell was discovered dead in woods in Lanarkshire in May 2005 after she had been working as prostitute to feed her drug habit.

The 27-year-old was found naked and strangled by a man walking his dog. Her murder has never been solved.

Now, Emma's mum has spoken to the Daily Record about the day she found out her "little snowdrop" was a heroin addict.

Margaret Caldwell said: “Willie and I were in the living room and Em came in and said she had something to tell us. Then she said, ‘I think I’m a heroin addict.’ We just sat there, struck dumb. We were so naive. We didn’t know a thing about drugs. We didn’t know what to say or do or how to help. We just wrapped her up and took her to hospital and begged for help.

“The doctor didn’t even look us in the eye. ‘There’s nothing we can do,’ she told us. We just wrapped Emma up and brought her home again. We stayed up all night talking and, the next morning, were so naive that we thought we had sorted it out. We lost her that night.”

Despite their hopes, in the months that followed, their youngest daughter – her big sister Karen had died of cancer two years before – failed to break her addiction.

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Re: Four accused walk free after murder trial collapses

Postby admin » 04 Apr 2017, 19:29

Police have begun a new search of the site where a woman who had been a prostitute was found dead 12 years ago. The naked body of Emma Caldwell, 27, was discovered in a ditch in isolated woodland in Lanarkshire by a dog walker in May 2005.

Six other women who also worked the streets of Glasgow were found murdered in the decade before her - leading some to claim there were fears of a serial killer.

Police ruled out the theory and said prostitutes were statistically more likely to encounter violence. But they faced criticism that they failed to fully investigate the deaths and began a detailed forensic search of Emma's last resting place.

A specialist team began exploring the woodland site in Roberton, near Biggar, South Lanarkshire, in a bid to recover items belonging to her. The operation was launched on the 12th anniversary of the day Emma was last seen alive in April 2005.

Emma's mother Margaret Caldwell thanked the police and made a fresh appeal to find her daughter's killer. She said: 'Today is always a difficult day for my family, as we are usually at home thinking of Emma. Every day I think of Emma, every day I grieve for her, as a mother I know my pain will never end. But I am here to make a direct appeal to those who know or suspect who the killer is.

'Please do the right thing, as long as the killer is still out there another life could be in danger. If you are the one who took Emma's life then I ask you to come forward, living with the guilt of taking her life must be dreadful. But if you have no conscience, then be aware my family and I will never give up on fighting for justice on Emma's behalf. We can do no less for we love and miss her every day, not just today.'

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