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Police make two arrests in 1988 Phillip Saunders murder case investigation

Phillip Saunders, murder, arrest, investigation, prison, Michael O'Brien

Phillip Saunders was murdered in 1988

Two people have been arrested by police investigating alleged perjury and perverting the course of justice at the 1988 trial following the murder of Phillip Saunders.

South Wales Police said a man, aged 44, and a woman, aged 42, were arrested today at an address in Cardiff and have been taken a police station for questioning.

Cardiff newsagent Phillip Saunders, 52, died from injuries suffered during a violent robbery in October 1987.

Michael O’Brien, 41, Darren Hall, 41, and Ellis Sherwood, 40 – who became known as the Cardiff Newsagent Three – were wrongly jailed for the crime until they were cleared on appeal in 2000.

South Wales Police said in a statement: “Officers investigating alleged offences of perjury and perverting the course of justice, at the criminal trial in 1988 relating to the murder of Mr Phillip Saunders, have arrested a man, 44, and a woman, 42, at an address in Cardiff.

“Both have been taken to a police station in the city where they will be questioned by detectives from the investigation team.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is separately supervising an investigation into three complaints from Mr O’Brien.

Det Supt Chris Hobley, of Norfolk Police, is leading both an IPCC-supervised investigation and a South Wales Police criminal investigation.


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