A Final Post

After almost 20 years it seems that this case has finally been brought to a close.

Three years to the day after his conviction, on 28 November 2011, Jeff’s appeal commenced before the NSW Supreme Court. The appeal laid bare the significant flaws in the case against Jeff – both logical and scientific – which the prosecution had tried to deny for so long. Following three days of hearing, with the prosecution case in tatters, Jeff was released on bail. The judges unanimously concluded that there had been a miscarriage of justice and that the conviction must be quashed, but they needed time to write their judgement and consider whether to order a new trial, or to enter a verdict of acquittal.

On Monday 25 June 2012 the judges returned their decision and Jeff was acquitted of the murder of his parents. Just days later, the DPP announced that they did not intend to appeal the decision to the High Court.

Now four years on from Jeff’s wrongful conviction, my faith in our justice system, once rocked, has been restored. However I have learnt that without the support from our friends and family, he would almost certainly still be in prison.

Jeff has always shown me strength and the ability to survive whatever happens in life, with dignity. These continue to be the attributes that I admire most in him. Our daughters are very fortunate to have their Dad home, against all odds.

Thank you Jeff NEEDS Justice
- Robecca Gilham
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Appeal judgement

On Monday 25 June at 2.00pm, the Court of Criminal Appeal will deliver its judgment in Jeff Gilham’s appeal.

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Conviction quashed

The news we’ve been waiting for — conviction quashed.

Thanks to everyone that has offered their support and kind words to Jeff, his family, and to our team.

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Day 3 in court

We’ll leave the news to the “mainstream” press just for now.

More updates from Jeff NEEDS Justice soon.  In the meantime, an account of today’s events as told by Paul Bibby, SMH, here:


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Day 2 – All days are big days

Yesterday we heard arguments about the intercom and the bloodied fingermark visible in the crime scene video. Of course, given that we’re now dealing with a video recording (and a rather poor quality one at that), it can’t be proved that the mark was a bloodied finger mark.  The actual physical evidence was never collected, never examined, never tested.  The Crown’s expert witness made arguments that if the mark was blood, he thinks it might not have smeared in the way it apparently does on the video – although he can’t be certain.  The final conclusion is that he ‘could not discount the possibility that it was indeed blood‘.  It’s difficult to tell what the appeal judges make of this.  Certainly we hope that they reach the same conclusion that we have come to ourselves through logic:  If it is not a bloodied finger mark, then what else could it possibly be? What else could leave a mark the size, shape and colour of a bloodied finger print, right near the call button of the intercom?  There being no other answer, we would expect it to raise serious concerns in the minds of jury members, had they been aware of it.

Importantly, we heard new evidence today from a lab technician at Mitchell High School, where Christopher Gilham did prac teaching as part of his teaching course.  The technician told of a day in August 1993, as her and a colleague were preparing items for a lesson on forensic sciences, Christopher appeared, unnoticed until he spoke, and said something like, “the only way to cover up all the evidence is with fire.”

There was then some debate about the Crown case at trial – the fact that they had made it clear to the jury that all three Gilhams were dead before the fire had started.  Given that the CO evidence now demonstrates very strongly that they (in particular, Christopher) were not dead, the Crown case at trial was obviously wrong.  It’s not yet entirely clear, but the Crown may be given the opportunity to “re-configure” their case about the events – to put up an altered version of the Crown events that would see Jeff guilty.

The day ended on the issue of stab wounds similarity again, and the point that the Crown case at trial relied heavily on the similarity being so much of a coincidence that “you could not possibly accept it was the same person”.  As we learnt on Monday, Day 1, there is no significance to any perceived similarity of the stab wounds, and therefore the point has been reinforced that the jury were clearly misled on a major plank of the prosecution case.

Today we will hear further submissions from both sides, in what will probably be the last day of the hearing.

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