Barrister rewrites memoirs over ‘mistaken murder’

ONE of Britain’s top barristers had to rewrite his memoirs after accusing a former client of a series of murders he did not commit.

Michael Mansfield QC, whose high-profile cases include the inquests into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Jean Charles de Menezes, said his accusation John Bowden was involved in a series of murders which involved “carving up homosexuals and winos” was a “mistaken recollection”.

The error was made in the hardback edition of Mansfield’s Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer and will be corrected for the paperback version which is out next month, publisher Bloomsbury said.

In his original memoirs, Mansfield described how he was asked to attend Parkhurst prison on the Isle of Wight after inmates took an assistant prison governor hostage in 1983.

Referring to Bowden, who was involved in the siege, Mansfield wrote: “I had defended him at the Old Bailey in relation to what had become known as the Camberwell murders, a series of particularly grotesque and gruesome killings.”

Mansfield issued an apology, saying the error was “entirely unintentional”, after Bowden complained.

The apology was sent to Bowden via an intermediary who made it clear Mansfield did not want the apology to be published.

But, in a letter to the Miscarriages of Justice UK website, Bowden published the correspondence and said: “Can you believe the cheek of the man?!

“So it’s OK for him to write and publish blatant lies that are then distributed around the world, but I must keep it quiet and private when finally he admits that what he wrote about me was a load of shite.”

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