Essex: New Court Date For Bamber

A date has been set for killer Jeremy Bamber's latest legal action in his fight to overturn his convictions for murdering five relatives in Essex more than 25 years ago.

Two judges at the High Court will hear a judicial review application on Thursday November 29th.

Bamber wants to challenge a refusal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice, to refer his case back to the Court of Appeal to be looked at again.

Next week's hearing follows the recent rejection by a single judge, who studied the case papers in private, of Bamber's application for permission to seek judicial review of the CCRC's decision.

His renewed application will be dealt with by the two judges at a hearing in court in London.

Bamber, 51, who is serving a whole-life term for the 1985 killings, has always protested his innocence and claims his schizophrenic sister Sheila Caffell shot her family before turning the gun on herself in a remote Essex farmhouse.

Announcing its decision in April, the CCRC said that despite a lengthy and complex investigation, it "has not identified any evidence or legal argument that it considers capable of raising a real possibility that the Court of Appeal would quash the convictions".