New radar evidence casts doubt on convictions of Isle of Wight fishermen, court of appeal told

New evidence uncovered since the conviction of the Freshwater Five “transforms” the picture that was presented to a jury more than a decade ago and renders their convictions unsafe, the court of appeal has heard.

The group of Isle of Wight fishermen were jailed for a collective total of 104 years in 2011, after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle £53m of cocaine into the UK. They have maintained their innocence in the years since the conviction, with their battle to have the convictions overturned covered in a Guardian five-part podcast mini series.

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