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CPS authorises police to charge four people with perjury in Lynette White case

27/02/2007

Carmen Dowd, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, today announced perjury charges against four people who were involved in the trials of five men for the murder of Lynette White.

She made the following statement at a press conference: "Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Cahill and I have invited you here today to update you on the progress of the reinvestigation by South Wales Police into the handling of the Lynette White murder case.

"The CPS Special Crime Division has been advising South Wales Police during the reinvestigation into this case, which has been supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. We have been carefully examining and assessing the evidence against a number of individuals in order to come to charging decisions at the earliest opportunity.

"My colleagues and I have now made decisions in relation to four people: that there is sufficient evidence against them for a realistic prospect of conviction and we have authorised the charging of two men and two women. The Director of Public Prosecutions has approved these decisions.

"The people who have been charged are Paul Atkins, Mark Grommek, Angela Psaila, and Leanne Vilday. They were involved as witnesses in the two murder trials - a second trial had to be held in 1990 when the judge in the first trial died unexpectedly.

"They have all been charged with perjury at Cardiff Magistrates' Court in February 1989 and with perjury at the second trial at Swansea Crown Court in June 1990. Mark Grommek, Angela Psaila and Leanne Vilday are also charged with perjury at the first trial at Swansea Crown Court in 1989. This makes 11 charges in all.

"We are still considering the evidence in relation to 14 people and will be making decisions on whether to charge them or not in due course.

"I would like to remind you of the need to take care in reporting events surrounding the charging of these people. They are only accused of these offences and they have a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be responsible media reporting which should not prejudice the due process of law."

  1. Lynette White was killed in Cardiff in 1988 and three men were convicted of her murder in 1990: Stephen Wayne Miller, Yusef Abdullahi and Anthony Paris. Two other men were acquitted. There were two trials because the judge died before the end of the first trial and a second trial had to be held.
  2. The three men appealed against their convictions and the Court of Appeal quashed their convictions in 1992.
  3. In 2003, as a result of DNA evidence, Jeffrey Gafoor was arrested and in July of that year, he appeared before Cardiff Crown Court when he pleaded guilty to the murder of Lynette White.
  4. Perjury carries a maximum sentence of seven years and can only be tried at Crown Court.
  5. Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7796 8180.
  6. Full details of the charges are:
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    • COUNT 1
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      ANGELA PSAILA, between 5th February and 9th February 1989, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the committal hearing at Cardiff Magistrates' Court in relation to charges arising from the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which she knew to be false, namely that she witnessed events material to those charges, in particular the participation of Stephen Miller, Anthony Paris, Ronald Actie, Yusef Abdullahi, and John Actie, in the murder Lynette White.

    • COUNT 2
    •  

      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      LEANNE VILDAY, between 7th February and 22nd February 1989, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the committal hearing at Cardiff Magistrates' Court in relation to charges arising from the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which she knew to be false, namely that she witnessed events material to those charges, in particular the participation of Stephen Miller, Anthony Paris, Ronald Actie, Yusef Abdullahi, and John Actie, in the murder Lynette White.

    • COUNT 3
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      MARK GROMMEK, on 22nd February 1989, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the committal hearing at Cardiff Magistrates' Court in relation to charges arising from the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which he knew to be false, namely by giving a false account in evidence concerning events he said occurred at 7 James Street, Cardiff during 14th February 1988 including falsely implicating Ronald Actie and Yusef Abdullahi in the murder of Lynette White.

    • COUNT 4
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      PAUL ATKINS, on 23rd February 1989, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the committal hearing at Cardiff Magistrates' Court in relation to charges arising from the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which he knew to be false, namely by giving a false account in evidence concerning events he said occurred at 7 James Street, Cardiff during 14th February 1988 including falsely implicating Ronald Actie and Yusef Abdullahi in the murder of Lynette White.

    • COUNT 5
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      ANGELA PSAILA, between 30th October and 8th November 1989, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the (first) trial in the Crown Court at Swansea of defendants charged with the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which she knew to be false, namely that she witnessed events material to those charges, in particular the participation of Stephen Miller, Anthony Paris, Ronald Actie, Yusef Abdullahi, and John Actie, in the murder Lynette White.

    • COUNT 6
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      LEANNE VILDAY, between 18th October and 31st October 1989, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the (first) trial in the Crown Court at Swansea of defendants charged with the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which she knew to be false, namely that she witnessed events material to those charges, in particular the participation of Stephen Miller, Anthony Paris, Ronald Actie, Yusef Abdullahi, and John Actie, in the murder Lynette White.

    • COUNT 7
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      MARK GROMMEK, between 6th November and 10th November 1989, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the (first) trial in the Crown Court at Swansea of defendants charged with the murder of Lynette White, namely by giving a false account in evidence concerning events he said occurred at 7 James Street, Cardiff during 14th February 1988 including falsely implicating Ronald Actie and Yusef Abdullahi in the murder of Lynette White.

    • COUNT 8
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      ANGELA PSAILA, between 17th June 1990 and 28th June 1990, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the (second) trial in the Crown Court at Swansea of defendants charged with the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which she knew to be false, namely that she witnessed events material to the indictment, in particular the participation of Stephen Miller, Anthony Paris, Ronald Actie, Yusef Abdullahi, and John Actie, in the murder Lynette White.

    • COUNT 9
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      LEANNE VILDAY, between 1st June and 30th June 1990, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the (second) trial in the Crown Court at Swansea of defendants charged with the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which she knew to be false, namely that she witnessed events material to those charges, in particular the participation of Stephen Miller, Anthony Paris, Ronald Actie, Yusef Abdullahi, and John Actie, in the murder Lynette White.

    • COUNT 10
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      MARK GROMMEK, between 1st June and 30th June 1990, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the (second) trial in the Crown Court at Swansea of defendants charged with the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which he knew to be false, namely by giving a false account in evidence concerning events he said occurred at 7 James Street, Cardiff during 14th February 1988 including falsely implicating Ronald Actie and Yusef Abdullahi in the murder of Lynette White.

    • COUNT 11
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      STATEMENT OF OFFENCE

      PERJURY, contrary to section 1(1) of the Perjury Act 1911.

      PARTICULARS OF OFFENCE

      PAUL ATKINS, between 12th August and 16th August 1990, having been lawfully sworn as a witness in a judicial proceeding, namely the (second) trial in the Crown Court at Swansea of defendants charged with the murder of Lynette White, wilfully made a statement material in that proceeding which he knew to be false, namely by giving a false account in evidence concerning events he said occurred at 7 James Street, Cardiff during 14th February 1988 including falsely implicating Ronald Actie and Yusef Abdullahi in the murder of Lynette White.