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February 2020


'Operation Orbicular: Reflections on a Homicide Investigation and its Resulting Miscarriage of Justice'.

PL2, Pontio, Bangor University, Deiniol Road
Monday 17 February 2020, 13:00–15:00
School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
Dr Bethan Loftus

'Operation Orbicular: Reflections on a Homicide Investigation and its Resulting Miscarriage of Justice'. 

Iestyn Davies will deliver a lecture on a cold case review/miscarriage of justice case. It relates to the killing of 15 year old Janet Commins in 1976 which resulted in an innocent young man being convicted. In 2016, following a forensic review he led the team which successfully convicted 58 year old Stephen Hough of the killing. In 2019 the innocent man Noel Jones had his conviction quashed at the royal courts of justice in London. Iestyn will talk about policing back then, pre PACE, how forensic science had developed over the years, and the significant challenges he faced in getting Stephen Hough convicted. It is the first case in legal history where another man stood convicted of the killing when Hough went to trial. This lecture is open to students and the public. Free entry.

About the speaker: Iestyn Davies is a retired Detective Superintendent who served for 30 years with North Wales Police, retiring in 2019. He served the last 3 years of his service as the head of the force major incident team and serious and organised crime unit. He has been an accredited PIP 3 SIO (Senior Investigator Major Crime) for the past 7 years and is also a qualified PIP 4 strategic advisor on serious and complex cases. He has been the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) or deputy SIO on 22 murder investigations and now delivers presentations on some of the most challenging of murder investigations he has led.