Delay for miscarriage of justice appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

A man who was jailed 35 years ago for the gruesome murder of a Jewish clothing shop owner is unlikely to have his appeal heard until next year.

Errol Clive Heibner, known as John, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1976. He was convicted of shooting Beatrice "Biddy" Gold in the storeroom of her family's business, but always maintained he was not guilty.

Critics have called his case "Britain's longest-running miscarriage of justice" and the case was referred to the Court of Appeal last year.

Today, Lord Justice Pitchford said documents related to the case should be released, as requested by Heibner's legal team.

However the extent of the information, including police notebooks and interview tapes, is such that Heibner's lawyers said the appeal would probably not be heard this year.

Last updated: 4:51pm, May 13 2011