The Dark Side

Monday, 20 February 2012

After several months of intensive work, I have finally finished writing The Dark Side. It has been the most difficult journey of my life taking me back to heart of my trial and the absurd direction it took. There have been several occasions when I thought of giving up, but the investigation I conducted into my case has meant that the Criminal Cases Review Commission is now considering an application so I can finally get to the Court of Appeal. This centres around several pieces of new evidence that cast doubt over the safety of my conviction in their own right, and also show that the judge’s summing amounted to a misdirection. I have finally managed to overcome the unforgivable barriers of the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 and hope that my conviction will be set aside not only for being unsafe but also because I have proved that I am not guilty of assaulting my assailant back in 1997 as I tried to arrest him.

Now let the editing begin…….


Interview with Jeremy Vine

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jeremy Vine on his lunchtime show today. You can listen again (for the next seven days only) here. Please scroll to around one hour and 15 minutes.


Chris Huhne

Saturday, 4 February 2012

In March 2009, Chris Huhne made a public announcement that any police officer convicted of a violent or dishonesty offence should be dismissed in a bid to “get tough with bad apples” in the service. I wonder if his views extend to politicians given his being charged with perverting the course of justice yesterday after his ex-wife, Vicky Price, allegedly accepted speeding penalty points on his behalf in 2003.  Pryce reported the matter to the police after learning of Huhne’s affair with his aide, Carina Trimingam.

You can see my original post about Huhne here

 


A Fair Cop – Author talks

Monday, 2 January 2012

I have done dozens of author talks, literary events and the like since the publication of A Fair Cop. I have several booked in for 2012 already and I took a number of bookings over the festive period. My talks have a slightly different slant to them now, as I am in the final stages of writing and finishing The Dark Side.

If you would like me to talk at your local library, bookshop, Mother’s Union, Probus or any other group you are a member of, please contact me via the ‘contact the author’ link on my website and I will be in touch. Thank you.

 


Happy New Year

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year, everyone. I hope 2012 is a great year for all of you.


Merry Christmas

Friday, 23 December 2011

May I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their supportive comments after my radio interview yesterday? Being able to pick all the music for an hour was a great experience although I didn’t really get the opportunity to explain to Liz the complexities of the Criminal Appeal Act and the barriers it mounts against certain applicants.  Over 5,000 convictions are overturned each year in England, and there are many more that don’t make it for the wrong reasons. I guess radio presenters are there to provoke a response from the interviewee in the best interests of the listeners. I hope that my next book will convince anyone that doubts my innocence that I simply did not commit this crime.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your support now and over the past year. I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


Liz Green – One on One

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Liz Green is a presenter on BBC Radio Leeds. She hosts a show between 2pm and 3pm each day of the week called One on One in which she interviews the great, the good (and in my case, the ordinary) folk of Yorkshire and beyond. I will spend an hour with Liz on Thursday 22nd December 2011 talking about my life before and after events in A Fair Cop. Most excitingly, I get to chose all the music.

 

It is a genuine privilege to be asked and I can’t wait, though there is a bit of me wondering, who would want to listen to me talking for all that time? I hope I don’t disappoint….


A letter to the editor…

Thursday, 25 August 2011

This link takes you to a letter dated 19th August 2011 that was sent to the Chief Executive of HarperCollins publishers by Russell Jones and Walker solicitors regarding my next book, The Dark Side. The letter was sent on behalf of my defence solicitor and counsel after I interviewed them in connection with the book. I asked them both why they had not considered using forensic psychiatric evidence to assist my defence. Both were adamant that there was no reason to consider such evidence with counsel saying that, ‘there was no suggestion that Michael Bunting had suffered and kind of mental incapacity such as to affect his ability to think rationally at the time of the incident.’

It is a matter of fact that my assailant was convicted of assaulting me after he punched me to the head and face numerous times with the force required to break one of my teeth. It is accepted that these blows were sufficient to cause a concussive state.

The evidence I obtained from a renowned forensic psychiatrist could not deviate further from the assertion made by counsel. He says, ”It can be said that acts carried out in a state of concussion are not the product of reasoned thinking. If the part of the brain that records memory is sufficiently concussed not to work properly, the parts involved in forming intent are also likely to be impaired. In this way concussion may prevent the formation of mens rea.’ 

I sent both counsel and my solicitor an email on 15th and 17th August 2011 pointing out this evidence and invited their comments.  Neither of them replied. The letter to HarperCollins was sent just a matter of days later.

As I have said from the outset (and indeed I am quoted as saying in the letter), my single intention is to print all the verifiable facts of the judicial process that led to my conviction. I have absolutely no intention of misrepresenting anyone.

I have drawn a number of conclusions from this letter.

I am currently 40,000 words in…..


Riots

Thursday, 18 August 2011

It’s been a busy week with a couple of appearances on BBC Radio Leeds commenting on the riots we witnessed last week. My views of giving tough sentences to anyone convicted of offences connected to the disorder was welcomed by many listeners. Dealing with these thugs is not rocket science; it’s simple. It does not need emergency meetings with ministers or advice from American super-cops. When it happens again, it needs plenty of police on the streets with the backing of their Chief Constables.

I am encouraged by the sentences being dished out by the courts and I hope these serve as a deterrent to any others intending to wreak havoc on our streets in the future.

Work on The Dark Side continues……


The Dark Side

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Here is my updated profile on Amazon. Please do register your interest in my next book via the link on my website.