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Thirteen Policemen 'framed' Cardiff Three.

The killing of south Wales prostitute Lynette White, 20, in February 1988 triggered a major miscarriage of justice

Source: BBC News

06 July 2011

Thirteen corrupt policemen colluded to send five innocent men to jail for the brutal murder of a prostitute, a jury has heard.

Three of the five victims were later jailed in a major miscarriage of justice that blights their lives to this day.

The killing of south Wales prostitute Lynette White, 20, in February 1988 triggered a major murder hunt.

Discovered dead in a flat in Cardiff's then rough docklands area she had been stabbed more than 50 times and her wrists were slashed.

But failing detectives responsible for tracking down the brutal killer were left stumped after nine months, a jury was told.

They went on to invent a fictional scenario which was "almost entirely a fabrication and was largely the product of the imagination", the court heard.

More than two decades later the biggest corruption trial of its kind in UK criminal history, involving former police officers, began at Swansea Crown Court.

Eight of the original 13, all retired officers, are in the dock in a trial which could last for up to seven months.

All are accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by agreeing to "mould, manipulate, influence and fabricate evidence".

Four of the five other retired officers will be standing trial separately on an identical joint conspiracy charge next year.

The trial continues..