Appendix

Timeline
Who's who
Derek Christian's tariff
 


Timeline


10.30
07/02/95
Mrs Matson followed/stalked by unknown man
07.00
09/02/95
Derek Christian arrives at work
13.30
09/02/95
Mrs Price followed/stalked by unknown man
15.01
09/02/95
Derek Christian leaves work
15.30
09/02/95
Margaret Wilson murdered
16.06
09/02/95
Derek Christian withdraws cash from ATM
   


11.00
12/02/95
Derek Christian - as owner of a Ford Montego - visited at home by police, "Personal Descriptive Form" completed
15.00
12/02/95
Derek Christian makes routine statement to police at home
   


 
14/03/95
Derek Christianís car examined by police forensic expert, no evidence found linking Derek to incident
 
01/06/95
Derek Christian interviewed about the murder weapon
 
12/09/95
Derek Christian completes knife project questionnaire
   


 
20/02/96
Derek Christianís car examined by police forensic expert, again no evidence found linking Derek to incident
 
28/02/96
First put in writing by the police that Derek Christianís silver Montego could look white in the sun (follow on from police visit of 12/02/95)
 
24/03/96
Derek Christian arrested
 
26/03/96
Derek Christian unconditionally bailed
 
10/04/96
Derek Christian voluntarily makes fresh statement altering his alibi
   


 
13/09/96
Fibre evidence report published
 
25/11/96
Derek Christian arrested and charged with murder
   


 
13/11/97
Derek Christian's trial begins
 
15/11/97
Kate Bushell murdered
 
02/12/97
Derek Christian convicted
   


 
Jan. '98
Lord Chief Justice comments on tariff
 
Mar. '98
Application for Leave to Appeal against conviction refused
 
Jun. '98
Pro-bono hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, further application for Leave to Appeal against conviction refused
   


 
13/10/98
Broadcast of BBC1's Crimewatch File dealing with the conviction of Derek Christian
 
20/10/98
Murder of Lynda Bryant
   


 
22/02/99
Derek Christianís tariff set at 17 years by Home Secretary Jack Straw
 
22/08/99
Derek Christian spends his 1,000th day in prison
   


Who's who


Marie Cundall
Eye-witness, saw assailant minutes before the murder, it is firmly believed the man might well have attacked this woman; describes a clean-shaven man in a white car
Martin Hornsey
Eye-witness, farm-worker; adamant that car was white
Nigel Houseman
Eye-witness, farm-worker; states that car was white or silver
Louise Grey
Eye-witness, saw assailant, assisted with creation of a photofit; describes a clean-shaven man
Karen Holloway
Eye-witness, saw assailant; states that car was white
Lynda Rounding
Claimed to have seen a man driving around the village in a white car between 13.00 and 15.00 on day of murder; committed perjury in mid-trial


 
Wendy Price
Stalked by unknown man between 13.00 and 13.30 ca. 10 miles from the murder scene on day of murder
Ann Matson
Stalked by unknown man at around 10.30 ca. 11 miles from the murder scene two days prior to murder


 
DCI Midgeley
Police officer; in charge of murder investigation
DC Marsden
Police officer; claimed Derek Christianís silver Montego looked white on 12/2/95, first put this in writing on 28/2/96
DC Stephens
Police officer; stated in court that DC Marsden had seen Derek Christianís two cars on the driveway, and was asked by DC Marsden to supply a statement (28/2/96), also stated that he had an "idea" that DC Marsden was making a similar statement at the same time


 
Roger Keen QC
Defence counsel
Andrew Campbell QC
Prosecuting counsel
Andrew Falconer
Prosecution forensic expert (fibres)
Mr. Justice Bell
Trial judge
Lord Bingham
Lord Chief Justice in January 1998


 
Derek Christian's tariff


The tariff is the period of time that a convicted murderer must serve in custody so as to satisfy the requirements of retribution and deterrence.

Mr Justice Bell recommended a punitive term of 20 years for the crime. The Lord Chief Justice, stating that "this is such a strange and obscure story", was "inclined", on the other hand, "to recommend a somewhat shorter term, of 16-17 years".


Disclosure of tariff information


After considering the circumstances of the offence, the recommendations of the trial judge and the Lord Chief Justice, as well as the written representations made on Derek Christian's behalf, the Home Secretary did indeed set Derek's tariff at 17 years. What may have been a "concession" on his part is, however, nothing of the sort.

As "confessing" to a crime and showing remorse forms a part of parole requirements, these three years will have very little effect on Derek Christian. Whilst he continues to protest his innocence he is unlikely to - ever - be released.



Number of days Derek Christian
has now spent in prison


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