New doubt over fishermen’s cocaine smuggling convictions


Revelations over withheld evidence on eve of appeal court hearing into two of the ‘Freshwater Five’ found guilty over £53m drug haul

Newly disclosed evidence has raised fresh concerns on the eve of an appeal court hearing of the case of two men convicted of smuggling a record haul of cocaine.

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Daniel Payne and Jonathan Beere are members of the “Freshwater Five”, who were sentenced to a total of 104 yearsin prison a decade ago after £53m of cocaine was found floating in Freshwater bay off the Isle of Wight.

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