14 episodes

Imagine being jailed for for a crime you did not commit... We explore the stories of people who were wrongly accused and convicted.

The Innocence Podcast The Innocence Podcast

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 15 Ratings

Imagine being jailed for for a crime you did not commit... We explore the stories of people who were wrongly accused and convicted.

    13: Acquitted - but at what cost?

    13: Acquitted - but at what cost?

    Brian Buckle was sentenced to 15 years for historic child sex abuse - a crime he didn’t commit. It took him five years in prison and hundreds of thousands of pounds to prove his innocence. 

    Brian may now be out of jail, but his fight for compensation continues. We hear from Brian and his wife about how a wrongful conviction ruined their lives.

    The Innocence Podcast is brought to you by The Manchester Innocence Project - https://bit.ly/34YbLTi

    Presenter/Researcher: Kylie Pentelow

    Producer: Lucy McDaid

    Editor: Kris McConnachie

    Executive Producer: Claire McGourlay

    Donate to the Manchester Innocence Project - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/manchester-innocence-project-justice-hub

    • 19 min
    12: Pursuing a Killer

    12: Pursuing a Killer

    Former detective superintendent Julie MacKay has dedicated her career to putting the right people behind bars.

    She solved the murder of Melanie Road, more than three decades after it happened.

    Julie knows first-hand how groundbreaking technological developments in policing can help track down criminals - but does that always mean the right people get caught?

    The Innocence Podcast is brought to you by The Manchester Innocence Project - https://bit.ly/34YbLTi

    Presenter/Researcher: Kylie Pentelow

    Producer: Lucy McDaid

    Editor: Kris McConnachie

    Executive Producer: Claire McGourlay

    Donate to the Manchester Innocence Project - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/manchester-innocence-project-justice-hub

    • 32 min
    11: The Fight For Compensation

    11: The Fight For Compensation

    Every week Mark Newby gets letters from people desperate for his help. Those people are behind bars, they say they are innocent and have no way of proving it.

    They need a criminal appeal lawyer to take on their case - and that's where Mark comes in. But he must choose who he is going to fight for.

    In this episode Mark talks about how he decides what case to pursue. He says he has to be tough - the resources aren't there to help everyone. And then when he starts working on a case, it can take years, even decades, to be freed.

    Then when they are lucky enough to be released, the wrongfully convicted get less help than those who are guilty and who have served their time.

    Then their chance of getting ANY compensation is minimal. Mark is fighting to change that.

    The Innocence Podcast is brought to you by The Manchester Innocence Project - https://bit.ly/34YbLTi

    Presenter/Researcher: Kylie Pentelow

    Producer: Lucy McDaid

    Editor: Kris McConnachie

    Executive Producer: Claire McGourlay

    Donate to the Manchester Innocence Project - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/manchester-innocence-project-justice-hub

    • 23 min
    10: Failures in the Justice System

    10: Failures in the Justice System

    Why does it take so long for someone to prove their innocence?  

    Criminal defence solicitor and former head of the legal charity, APPEAL, Suzanne Gower explains why there are so many people in prison now who are not guilty.  

    Suzanne talks about her own experience of trying to free people who are wrongly behind bars.

    She talks about why the justice system fails them and how urgent changes need to be made.

    She has helped free numerous high profile people including Andrew Malkinson who was freed from prison after he served 17 years for a wrongful rape conviction.

    The Innocence Podcast is brought to you by The Manchester Innocence Project - https://bit.ly/34YbLTi

    Presenter/Researcher: Kylie Pentelow

    Producer: Lucy McDaid

    Editor: Kris McConnachie

    Executive Producer: Claire McGourlay

    Donate to the Manchester Innocence Project - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/manchester-innocence-project-justice-hub

    • 28 min
    9: Wrongful Convictions in the Spotlight

    9: Wrongful Convictions in the Spotlight

    The issue of wrongful convictions has taken centre stage in the UK.

    The high profile Post Office Horizon scandal has dominated headlines. And the case of Andrew Malkinson - who was finally cleared of rape in 2023 after spending seventeen years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit - shone a renewed spotlight on what can happen when our criminal justice system doesn’t work as it should.

    Claire McGourlay runs the Manchester Innocence Project. In this podcast Claire looks back at all the things that went wrong to lead to the wrongful conviction of Andrew Malkinson.

    She explains why his case is so important in the pursuit of innocence for those wrongly jailed.

    The Innocence Podcast is brought to you by The Manchester Innocence Project - https://bit.ly/34YbLTi
    Presenter/Researcher: Kylie Pentelow
    Producer: Lucy McDaid
    Editor: Kris McConnachie
    Executive Producer: Claire McGourlay
    Donate to the Manchester Innocence Project - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/manchester-innocence-project-justice-hub

    • 28 min
    8: A Massive Mistake

    8: A Massive Mistake

    Luis Vargas was in prison for 16 years for charges including rape and kidnap - crimes he didn’t commit. 

    His life fell apart, his wife divorced him, and he thought he had no hope of freedom. 

    Somehow he managed to hide the fact that he was in prison for rape - because he knew he’d be beaten, even killed by other inmates. 

    But, with the help of the California Innocence Project, he proved his innocence. 

    Also featuring Justin Brooks from the California Innocence Project.

    Warning: This episode includes graphic descriptions of prison violence. 

    The Innocence Podcast is brought to you by The Manchester Innocence Project - https://bit.ly/34YbLTi

    Presenter/Researcher: Kylie Pentelow

    Producer: Lucy McDaid

    Editor: Kris McConnachie

    Executive Producer: Claire McGourlay

    Donate to the Manchester Innocence Project - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/manchester-innocence-project-justice-hub

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Top Podcasts In True Crime

Dateline NBC
NBC News
Smoke Screen: My Friend, the Serial Killer
Sony Music Entertainment
Lost Hills: Dark Canyon
Western Sound and Pushkin Industries
Crime Junkie
audiochuck
Happily Never After: Dan and Nancy
Wondery
Morbid
Morbid Network | Wondery

You Might Also Like

Wrongful Conviction
Lava for Good Podcasts
Crime Junkie
audiochuck
Betrayal
iHeartPodcasts and Glass Podcasts
Morbid
Morbid Network | Wondery
Cold Case Files
A&E / PodcastOne
Dateline NBC
NBC News