Tony Paris, one of the three men accused of the murder of Lynette White, died on September 11th at age 65.
Tony Paris was one of the five black men who were accused of murdering Lynette White and part of the Cardiff Threes, who was wrongfully imprisoned for the murder. Paris was jailed in 1990 but was cleared after a court appeal two years later. The real murderer, Jeffrey Gafoor, was convicted in 2003.
On Monday, his daughter, Cassie Paris, explained, “My dad never felt they had justice. Even though they had huge support from the community, they also had a lot of people who believed they were guilty and passed that judgment.”
“The men were terribly affected, and my dad didn’t like being around people and kept himself isolated from family and very close friends.”
According to a Guardian Article, she said the time he spent in prison had a lasting impact. “My dad told me he still remembered men hanging themselves and couldn’t believe he was around murderers and pedophiles when he was innocent.
Cassie Paris announced her father’s death on Twitter, saying, “I can’t believe I’m writing this. My dad Anthony (Tony) Paris, has sadly passed. Anyone who knows me knows my dad is everything to me. It was me and him against the world. I will continue to raise awareness and fight for those who face injustice in his name. I love you dada!”
When the three men were released, an investigation was launched into the actions of the officers involved in their arrest by the South Wales police.
Eight former officers were on trial for “acting corruptly together” in making a case against the three men in 2011. Prosecutors claimed their case was “largely the product of the imagination.”
After Gafoor’s arrest, he was brought to give evidence during the trial, where he admitted to stabbing White after meeting her “for her services as a prostitute.” He admitted to committing the act alone and had felt “terrible” for the three men being wrongly jailed.
According to a guardian article, the trial, being the biggest of its kind against British officers, collapsed amidst disclosure issues. Paris later explained that he felt “robbed” of the chance of justice being served. “I was let down by the system all over again,” he said.
Rhys ab Owen, a Plaid Cymru member of the Welsh Parliament, said, “I’m so sorry to hear this and for your personal loss. He championed justice for himself and others. Wales and the world is poorer without him”.
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