Birmingham Six campaigner to visit Luke Mitchell

Luke Mitchell's mother Corrine has been campaigning for his release.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Luke Mitchell's mother Corrine has been campaigning for his release. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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CONVICTED killer Luke Mitchell is due to be visited in prison by justice campaigner Paddy Hill.

Mr Hill, one of the Birmingham Six, spent 16 years in jail after being falsely convicted of two deadly IRA pub bombings and now runs the Miscarriages Of Justice Organisation (Mojo) which campaigns on behalf of people it believes are innocent.

Mitchell, 25, from Dalkeith, is serving a minimum of 20 years for the murder of his girlfriend Jodi Jones in 2003 when they were both 14.

Earlier this week, it was revealed he is to take the fight to clear his name to the European Court of Human Rights.

The move came after the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission ruled he was not the victim of a miscarriage of justice, but said his human rights had been breached.

Jodi’s mutilated body was found in woodland at Easthouses.

Mitchell was convicted of the killing in January 2005 after Scotland’s longest trial involving a single accused person.

Judge Lord Nimmo Smith branded him “truly wicked”. He has since lost two appeals against his conviction and sentence. A third appeal, claiming he was denied access to a lawyer while being interviewed by police, was also rejected.

A Mojo spokesman said Mr Hill’s planned meeting with Mitchell was “a support visit” to review where the case was at the moment.

He said: “It’s a personal visit more than anything, and to give him reassurance that people out there still care about him.

“We have in the past supported him and his family but there is a lot of work being done by other people.

“It’s public knowledge that Mojo are supporting Luke’s attempts to have the conviction dropped. We want to see his conviction quashed.

“When Paddy takes an interest in a case he doesn’t take it lightly.

“The case has been thoroughly gone through by a number of people, including ourselves, so we know what the argument is, we know what the failures in the case are from the Crown point of view and we know what our argument would be about why the conviction is unsafe.

“From our point of view this conviction was based on a lot of circumstancial evidence.”

Mitchell is currently in Shotts prison.