Originally Posted by Admin2
Good argument CJ as all the high profile killings do tend to get more reaction from the police and not to mention the public purse....Here is another example of how when your mates with the First Minister it speeds up the police investigation they get the WRONG GUY.......just like they did with TC & Joe Steele who spent decades behind bars FITTED UP BY POLICE VERBAL & HIRED WITNESSES.......and that was over 20 years ago so the divide is nothing new to us (POLICE & US).....but thank you for a well constructed post.
Now here is something that we should read from a man in his own words called......WILLIE GAGE INNOCENT & IMPRISONED!:
Welcome to the truth. Much of the information that you are about to receive has already been reported in Scottish newspapers. The remainder is a collection of information obtained by us from numerous sources including the miscarriages of justice organisation: a private investigator, lawyers, journalists, independent witnesses and Willie Gage himself. The terrible situation surrounding the miscarriage of justice that Willie has suffered is very complex and has been going on for four years therefore we shall only provide you with a very condensed version. Please read on in order to see for yourselves why Scotland has the highest number of people per head in jail and yet also still has the highest murder rate and almost the highest crime rate out of every country in Western Europe. The following might give you a rough idea...
On the 3rd of March 2002 a 28 year old man called Justin Macalroy co-hosted a charity fund raising dinner for the Labour Party. Macalroy was in the company of a friend Frank Roy who is the Labour MP for Wishaw. Also present was Jack Maconnell the First Minister for Scotland and John Reid the (then) Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Also present were various Special Branch bodyguards, senior police officers and a surveillance team from the Scottish Drugs Enforcement Agency who had Justin Macalroy under surveillance for the previous FOUR YEARS.
The SDEA had recently tailed Macalroy while he traveled to Estonia where he met some men who were then arrested while trying to smuggle a Multi-million pound consignment of Heroin back into Scotland from Estonia. Macalroy had been openly boasting about various meetings between himself and senior figures within the Russian Mafia. He claimed that he had previously traveled out to meet them and had also entertained them in a Glasgow hotel. The police "forgot" to arrest Mcalroy, and instead arrested two other men.
Four days after the charity dinner Justin Macalroy stepped out of his Mercedes jeep outside his house and was shot dead. The SDEA were asked why they had not witnessed or filmed the incident and they claimed that after FOUR YEARS of surveillance and despite Justin Macalroy's apparently serious criminal activities and associates, the SDEA had (48 hours before the assassination) suddenly decided that Macalroy was no longer of interest and that they had REMOVED THE SURVEILLANCE.
Jack Maconnell and Frank Roy were further embarrassed by the revelation that Justin Macalroy had slipped more than ten thousand pounds into the Labour party coffers during that charity dinner and in a poor attempt to hide the loot his mother's name was written beside three separate large amounts of cash with her surname spelled differently each time! It was bad enough for Frank Roy and Jack Maconnell that their friend Justin Macalroy had been a suspected gangster and heroin importer with links to the Russian Mafia but now they had over ten thousand pounds that they had not declared to anyone. In an amazing twist the secretary who worked in the Wishaw office (that is shared by Jack Maconnell and Frank Roy) was subsequently jailed for handling that money!
Frank Roy and Jack Maconnell were never punished. While it is clear that major heroin barons do amass millions of pounds, that money comes from ten-pound deals. Every tenner comes from someone finding their house burgled or some poor pensioner being kicked to death for her meager pension money. Is that the sort of money that the voters would expect their elected representatives to earn?
On the 2nd of May 2002, a full two months after Justin Macalroy had been murdered (it has been alleged by the solicitor Bob Kerr) that the MP for Wishaw Frank Roy was contacted by a certain person who was connected to Justin Macalroy.
Bob Kerr has claimed that one of the police officers who were involved in the murder enquiry told him that the MP for Wishaw Frank Roy had contacted a senior officer who was involved in the murder enquiry and somehow put pressure on the officer to make a bogus arrest in order that Justin Macalroy's case could be closed.
The very next morning an innocent man called William Gage was arrested and charged with the murder.
Justin Macalroy was buried in his grave and Willie Gage was buried in the Scottish criminal justice system. At that time (May 2002) the law in Scotland stated that an accused person who has been remanded in custody must be placed on trial within 110 days. Many cases have collapsed and the accused have been set free due to clerical errors resulting in the remand time lapsing past the 110 day rule.
Willie Gage was held in the hellhole Barlinnie prison for SIX HUNDRED AND NINETY THREE DAYS before his trial. So much for the presumption of innocence and the 110 day rule!
Every witness including Justin's widow said that the gunman was about five-ten, Willie Gage is six-two. Every witness including Justin's widow said that the gunman's coat was big and padded, the jacket used by the prosecution was a wafer thin waterproof. One witness said that the gunman had short dark hair about one inch spike all around, Willie Gage has long straight hair. The SDEA admitted that they had had Justin Macalroy under intense surveillance for the past four years and admitted that they knew that Willie Gage was not only not connected in any way with Justin Macalroy and had never met Macalroy but they also ran numerous and intensive checks and they found that Willie Gage was not involved with any drug dealers.
The police were trying to link Gage to the murder by a car yet there are FORTY THREE police CCTV cameras in between the scene of the murder and where the car was found and the police admitted that they had painstakingly gone over the footage from those 43 cameras and could not find the car anywhere therefore it was impossible for that car to have traveled from the scene of the murder to the scene where it was found. The police also illegally refused to give the defense any access to the footage from the CCTV cameras.
Inside the ghost car was the waterproof jacket. Justin Macalroy's widow had given similar statements as every other witness regarding the killer's coat being big and padded and therefore nothing like the wafer thin jacket found in the car. The police took her to an id parade and tried to line up Willie Gage beside six wee boys, five were aged 17 and one was 18 a full THIRTEEN YEARS younger than Willie who's age (31 at the time) they had already leaked to the media. The solicitor Bob Kerr called a halt to the proceedings by refusing to allow Willie to take part in the bogus id parade.
Justin Macalroy's widow was six months pregnant at the time and with no id parade the police decided to walk her along a corridor where she expected to soon be confronted by the alleged brutal killer of her husband. The police shoved her into a small room and she was immediately confronted by a fully clothed mannequin that had been dressed up in the water-proof clothes from the car and had it's face masked with only it's STRIKINGLY CLEAR BLUE EYES on view and a black bag crushed up in it's hand to represent a gun. She recoiled in horror and thereafter changed her statement to say that the wafer thin clothes on the mannequin were the gunman's clothes and not the padded clothes that she (and every other witness) had described before.
When Willie was due to go on trial a full TWENTY TWO MONTHS after that dodgey gathering of 'evidence' the solicitor for the Macalroy family Joe Shields, was openly saying that 'she [the widow] will pick Gage out in the dock no matter what he looks like'.
And she duly did just that, not only did she change her evidence about the big padded coat and now identify the wafer-thin jacket that had been dressed on the mannequin but she (for the first time in six different statements) now also mentioned STRIKING EYES and managed to identify Willie Gage (no matter what he looked like) by saying the he had those very same eyes!
Eleven months before the trial Willie received a message from a good friend who has a relative who is a Mason. A senior strathclyde police officer had made a drunken boast to other Masons about a plan to sneak agents into a jury in the coming trial of William Gage.
Willie immediately wrote to the Lord Advocate for Scotland Colin Boyd QC and also to every MSP in Scotland. He told them all about the plot to nobble the jury. Not one of them did anything to stop the corrupt police.
The plan clearly went ahead and the fake jury completely ignored the directions from the trial judge. They also ignored the evidence and returned with a disgusting guilty verdict and the judge duly sentenced Willie to LIFE IMPRISONMENT with a minimum term of TWENTY YEARS! And all for a crime that he clearly did not commit.
Willie immediately lodged an appeal and many supporters embarked upon a freedom campaign. During the past 2 years, six thousand posters have been put up in Glasgow and thousands of leaflets have been handed out to the public. There has also been a protest rally outside Glasgow High Court. Willie has received positive press in the Clydebank Post, The Big Issue, The Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday, The News of the World and the selfless journalist Annie Brown (famed for exposing rogue care homes) has reported on Willie's plight on the full front page of the Daily Record. Willie's friend Paul McCluskey made a film about Willie's freedom campaign. Sam Poling of the BBC then made a Frontline Scotland program about the miscarriage of justice that Willie has suffered. Willie has sent hundreds of protest letters to police, lawyers, politicions, Jack Mcconnell, Tony Blair and the Queen.
Much of the contents of Willie's letters are both hard hitting and heartbreaking yet no one in authority has as yet done so much as lift a finger to help him. None of them seem to be even remotely interested in the terrible state of the criminal justice system or in the apparent corruption Frank Roy MP, Jack Maconnell first minister and Colin Boyd QC the lord advocate.
The only people who benefit from having an unjust or corrupt legal system are criminals who also happen to be members of the establishment. As long as we have a distinct lack of transparency and a complete lack of accountability then our police officers and our Procurator Fiscals and our Advocate Deputes and our Lord Advocate will all succumb to human nature and cut corners, hide evidence, and manufacture false evidence simply to gain convictions at any cost.
Scotland desperately needs an independent police complaints commission and thereafter we need transparency and accountability. We also must replace the Lord Advocate eith a committee of at least five independent people who have no ties to politicians or Judges. Only then will we ever be able to strive for justice. After all justice is supposed to be a fundamental part of a true democracy.
Update: after the outrageous SIX HUNDRED AND NINETY THREE DAYS on remand and the totally disgusting guilty verdict. Willie's solicitor advocate Jim Keegan (from Keegan Smith Solicitors in Livingston) made a complete mess of the appeal. Is Jim Keegan corrupt and working for the Crown while pretending to work for the defence? Or is he simply a completely incompetent lawyer? Willie stood up in front of Lord Easie, Lady Paton and the Lord Justice General Lord Hamilton. Willie accused Jim Keegan of "working for the other side". The Lords agreed to allow Willie a chance to find a proper lawyer and submit his points of appeal. Jim Keegan made a mess of the trial and the appeal, his pathetic performance has cost Willie further years of torture in jail.
Most recently Willie has taken the fight direct to Jack Mcconnell with a scathing letter that we have reprinted.
THE BATTLE CONTINUES