Convicted Weston-super-Mare killers making another bid for freedom as DNA evidence is reviewed
PUBLISHED: 09:41 04 June 2017
Two Weston-super-Mare brothers who are serving life sentences for murdering a couple in Cornwall are having DNA evidence reviewed in the hope their case will be reheard at an appeals court.
Lee and Robert Firkins were convicted of killing Graham and Carol Fisher in 2006, and are serving the maximum prison term for their murders.
But the duo, who used to live in Exford Close, have always insisted they are innocent of shooting and then beating the couple to death in an attack on Bonfire Night in 2003.
Since their conviction, they have tried to have their case reheard at the Court of Appeal.
The Criminal Cases Review Commission is currently assessing the Firkins’ claims and will rule if there are new grounds to open an appeal.
A Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) spokesman told the Mercury: “We received submissions relating to forensics in this case; we are considering those at the moment.”
The DNA was sent to the CCRC after it told the brothers it was not intending to refer the case to appeal.
When in court in 2006, the brothers said they had been visiting relatives in Cornwall and admitted they were behind a spate of shotgun robberies in the South West.
But they insisted they were somewhere else at the time of the murders.
Forensics experts were unable to link guns found buried on a beach, or the brothers, with the murder.
However, during the trial a cellmate revealed he had heard one of the brothers boasting about the killings.
The brothers have been attempting to have the case overturned for a number of years.
An appeal was dismissed in 2008, and the European Court of Human Rights dismissed claims of an unfair trial in 2011.
At the European court, Lee Firkins argued the testimony from his fellow prisoner was the only evidence of his guilt.
The CCRC is an independent body funded by the Government to look into alleged miscarriages of justice.
It decides whether a case can be opened at the Court of Appeal – the only way the case can return to court.
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