Interview conducted by Harriet Bland
“This lifestyle is a lonely life. You’ve got this wrong conviction in your head all the time. I used to dream about being in prison. I couldn’t escape. I felt that I was carrying a great weight with me through all my life.” For Winston Trew, the years since his conviction in November 1972 have been difficult.
Winston Trew was one of the Oval Four, a group of young men who, one evening in March 1972, were accosted by British Transport Police officers at Oval Underground Station, arrested on suspicion of carrying out muggings, and shortly afterwards convicted of crimes that they had not committed. They spent months on bail awaiting trial, endured a five-week trial in the Crown Court, followed by eight months in prison.
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