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A Killing in Tiger Bay is coming to BBC Two and the documentary series tells the story of one of the UK’s longest-running murder trials. The episodes delve deeper into the murder of Lynette White, which occurred on Valentine’s Day in 1988. Five innocent men were accused of her murder and Express.co.uk has all you need to know about what really happened.
Who really murdered Lynette White?
The first of three episodes airs tonight, September 9, and it is simply titled The Murder.
The hour-long instalment explains how a young girl was discovered dead in Cardiff’s docklands.
Evidence had pointed to a single while male killer, but a 10-month investigation ensued and concluded with the arrest of five black men.
These men became known as The Cardiff Five, and there was a lack of forensic evidence linking them to the crime.
However, they faced the ordeal of being dragged through the court system in what would become Britain’s longest murder trial.
Three of the men were sentenced to life in prison, and their families launched a campaign to have their convictions overturned.
The Cardiff Five were Stephen Miller, John Actie, Ronnie Actie, Tony Paris and Yusef ‘Dullah’ Abdullahi.
Stephen was Lynette’s boyfriend at the time and he was forced to falsely confess to the killing following a police interview.
This then incriminated the other four men, who had nothing to do with the murder.
On the night of the crime, witnesses reported seeing a white male leaving the area shortly after Lynette was stabbed.
The man’s hand was bleeding and he seemed to be crying, but police were unable to track him down.
Ten months later, under pressure to find the killer, police arrested the five men who clearly did not match the description.
It was not until 2003, thanks to advances in DNA testing, that one of White’s clients, Jeffrey Gafoor, was arrested for her murder.
He admitted guilt and was sentenced to life imprisonment, ordered to serve a minimum of 13 years.
He was 38 when he admitted to the murder, saying he stabbed Lynette with a knife following a row over £30.
In June 2021, the BBC reported that the Parole Board had deemed Gafoor “not suitable to be released”.
He had been transferred to an open prison the previous year, but the coronavirus pandemic had halted any further progress.
The parole document, as quoted by the BBC, said: “After considering the circumstances of his offending, the progress made while in custody, and the other evidence presented in the dossier, the panel was not satisfied that Mr Gafoor was suitable for release.
“However, on assessing the benefits and risks of Mr Gafoor remaining in open conditions, the panel recommended that he should do so.
“He had made considerable efforts to address his areas of risk and had demonstrated steady progress.
“Mr Gafoor will be eligible for another parole review in due course.”
The probation service is yet to develop a release plan for Gafoor, but it could see him move into supported living.
There would be strict limits on his movements and contact with others.
He was caught 15 years after Lynette was stabbed more than 50 times at her docklands flat in Cardiff.
A Killing in Tiger Bay starts on BBC Two tonight, September 9, at 9pm.
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