Open Research Forum: Psychological Evidence in Murder Trials

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Professor Andrew Colman will be delivering our next Open Research Forum on 12 March 2019.

Professor Colman has given expert psychological witness in a number of murder trials, four of which will be discussed in this talk.

Two were mob murders arising from political and industrial unrest in South Africa just before the end of apartheid there. Social psychological processes were accepted for the first time anywhere as extenuating circumstances, enabling 14 men to escape the death penalty.

A third was the notorious corporals murder by IRA members at a Belfast funeral; in this case, the psychological evidence about false confessions was ruled inadmissible, but on appeal, the evidence of another psychologist led to the murder conviction being quashed.

The fourth was an appeal against a murder conviction for an honour killing of a young Sikh woman by her brothers in Huddersfield. Dr Colman submitted experimental evidence showing that the basis of the conviction was definitely unsound, but it was ruled inadmissible by the Court of Appeal.

The venue for the Open Research Forum is the Hansom Hall in the Leicester Adult Education College, 54 Belvoir Street. Tea and cake will be available from 5.45 pm with the session running 6.15- 7.30 pm.

Free tickets are available from Eventbrite.