Justice For Ryan - Ryan's Law

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Justice For Ryan - Ryan’s Law.....  

Please help us to overturn a gross miscarriage of justice and help us change our law, so victims can appeal perverse jury acquittal verdicts.

We are demanding a change in our Criminal Justice System to allow the right for victim’s families in serious crime cases to challenge and appeal serious “perverse” jury verdicts after acquittal. That is one that went against the law or against the evidence or which “no reasonable jury could have come to”

Our story.......

The sudden death of any young person is a profound, difficult, and extremely painful experience that causes severe distress and trauma to the parents, family, friends and the surrounding community.

Sadly, our Ryan was brutally taken away from us in the early hours of Sunday 6th August 2017 due to being fatally stabbed to death in Chicago’s nightclub in Stourbridge. 

Ryan was just aged 24 with his whole life ahead of him. Those who knew Ryan will know he was one of the kindest, loving, genuine and happiest of people you could ever wish to meet. He loved and lived life for his family and his friends.

On the 6th February 2018 at Birmingham Crown Court, this country’s justice system let the man who admitted in front of a jury to stabbing & killing our Ryan walk free from court, without any punishment what so ever for his actions.

  • He admitted in front of the jury to lying about being intoxicated at the time of stabbing Ryan
  • CCTV captured him running out of the nightclub with friends.
  • He then discarded the knife in undergrowth several miles away from the club which police later recovered
  • His clothes and mobile phone have never been found
  • He then went into hiding at a flat in Tipton
  • When interviewed by Detectives he replied NO COMMENT to every single question

The prosecution evidence presented to jury was overwhelming in support of a Murder conviction, so we the family & friends, along with the police and the prosecution legal team who provided really strong evidence and the whole of our community, cannot understand or comprehend how the jury got the decision “so devastatingly wrong” in returning a “Not Guilty” verdict and letting him walk free.

What the Jury decided was that not any offence had taken place even though he admitted to being in possession of a knife in a public place (a nightclub) and used it with such force that it penetrated through Ryan’s chest bone and heart, fatally killing him and because he told the court "he did not intend to harm Ryan"...... then that is all ok then. You will not face any justice at all for killing Ryan?

For us, it is very clear.... Ryan was murdered on the 6th August 2017. 

The force and actions used was not reasonable or lawful in the circumstances?

The acquittal decision in our trial makes a mockery of our jury system and is an affront to justice. The acquittal verdict in our case, we believe is a gross miscarriage of justice and is manifestly illegitimate.

Victims of crime and their families suffer immense distress and torture, when a person that is so clearly guilty “as in our case” has been wrongly acquitted.

Our own MP - Margot James has written to the Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC, saying "It is incomprehensible to me that the jury could come to such a conclusion given the evidence and testimony available to them”.

Our campaign for Justice......

We demand a change in our Criminal Justice System to allow the right for victims in serious crime cases to challenge and appeal “perverse” jury verdicts after acquittal.

At present the families of victims have no right of appeal against a perverse acquittal by a jury.

It is currently not a fair or equal judicial system when a judge and jury can be held to be wrong when the accused has been convicted, but are infallible when the accused has been acquitted.

The Court of Appeal can allow an appeal against conviction if they think a conviction is unsafe. Yet there are no current rights that allow an appeal if they think an acquittal is unsafe.

Firstly, we want to change our Criminal Justice System to allow the right for victim’s families in serious crime cases to challenge the jury's perverse acquittal decision. That is one that went against the law or against the evidence or which “no reasonable jury could have come to”.

Before this happens, the law needs to provide for juries to give reasons for their decisions. At the moment they simply indicated “guilty” or “not guilty” without any indication as to how they arrived at their decision. This prevents there from being any objective analysis of the reasonableness of the decision, and whether the jury approached the evidence in the proper manner.

We are calling for immediate changes in law to allow for victims families that there should be a legal right for juries to give reasons for their decisions. Especially perverse jury verdicts. -  "That is one that went against the law or against the evidence or which “no reasonable jury could have come to".

These archaic rules against the appeal rights for victims of perverse acquittals are not fit and not acceptable in a modern democratic society such as ours that we live in today.

Even going back to December 1999, the then Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, commissioned a review into the practices and procedures of the criminal courts. The review was conducted in 2001 by Lord Justice Auld and had as its stated objective that of "ensuring that the courts deliver justice fairly".

He campaigned to amend the Criminal Justice Act for reform of the trial system, including the recommendation that in “serious crime cases, perverse acquittal verdicts by juries should be subject to appeal”.

Lord Justice Auld's recommendation was that both prosecution and defence lawyers should have the right to appeal against a perverse jury verdict.

Lord Justice Auld was not proposing to abolish the jury system, but the proposal to subject perverse acquittal verdicts to review. 

Our Justice System already acknowledges that Jury’s can make wrong decisions as history has shown us with the number of unsafe convictions subsequently overturned at the court of appeal.

So...... if we are to accept that Jury’s can make wrongful conviction decisions, then surely it is only right, fair and proper that we have to accept they can also make wrong decisions regarding acquittals?

We owe it not only to Ryan, but to the whole of our society and the communities that we all live in, that we fight to get this huge miscarriage of justice corrected. We will fight on.... We must do... to ensure the values of equality, fairness and accountability are maintained for all within our criminal justice system. 

To help us make this change in law a reality, we ask you to please do the following:

1. Write to your Local MP and ask them to support our Justice For Ryan Campaign 

2. Please sign and share this petition amongst your family & friends

3. Please help us raise vital funds towards helping towards the families legal costs by donating on our official fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/justiceforryan

I have no words that can even begin to describe the immense pain, torture and suffering that this devastating jury’s decision has had on Ryan’s Mom, Dad, family and friends, and together we can all make a stand and prevent anyone else from experiencing the pain and grief suffered from serious perverse jury acquittals.

The rule of law and access to justice are fundamental to a healthy and functioning democratic society. To commit a crime such as to kill another human is to break a social rule so important to our shared values. A crime against one person is a wrong against us all.

We should all receive equal treatment before the law. We should all have a say on what the law is, through our democratically elected representatives in Parliament.

And we should have a fair and functioning corrective; an appeals system to step in when things go wrong!!!

Thank you everyone for all your support.

We'll keep you updated with our progress. 

Please write any correspondence to: Justice For Ryan Campaign – 171 Lower High Street, Stourbridge. West Midlands DY8 1TG.

Or email us at info@justicefroryan.org