Man who cleared his name finishes degree at University of Portsmouth

AWARD Sion Jenkins
AWARD Sion Jenkins
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A MAN who was acquitted of murder has graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a research degree in law.

Sion Jenkins, who now lives in Southsea, completed a programme of research in From Victimisation to Mobilisation: The Dynamics of Campaigning Against Miscarriage of Justice.

The former headmaster spent six years in jail before being released on appeal and eventually cleared of the murdering his foster daughter Billie-Jo.

Billie-Jo died aged 13 from head injuries inflicted by a metal tent peg on the patio of the Jenkins’ family home in Hastings in February 1997.

After a lengthy investigation Mr Jenkins was charged with Billie-Jo’s murder and jailed for life in 1998. He was released six years later pending a retrial.

Continually protesting his innocence, Mr Jenkins walked free after juries in his second and third trials failed to reach a verdict.

As part of his course he had to write a thesis exploring the flaws in the system leading to miscarriages of justice and suggest ways in which they can be eliminated.