New attempt to release Jodi Jones killer Luke Mitchell

Luke Mitchell. Picture: Neil Hanna
Luke Mitchell. Picture: Neil Hanna
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A NEW campaign to release convicted killer Luke Mitchell from jail has been launched.

Mitchell was jailed in 2005 after the mutilated body of Jodi Jones, from Midlothian, was found in woods near her home in 2003.

Glasgow’s Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (Mojo) has confirmed it is helping campaigners to compile a new case to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).

The charity believes flaws in the police investigation led to a miscarriage of justice.

Professor Allan Jamieson, a leading forensics expert, has agreed to review the police evidence against Mitchell.

Involved in the campaign is Paddy Hill, one of six men wrongly accused of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombing. He said: “I remain extremely concerned and disturbed that Luke was convicted of this crime based on the evidence presented.”

The case was once described by an investigating officer and trial judge as the worst murder they had ever seen.

Mitchell, who was also 14 when Jodi was murdered, was ordered to serve 20 years in prison. Now 29, he has always protested his innocence.

The SCCRC previously ruled it did not believe he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.