Monday, September 12, 2011

Graham Galloway a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator exposed as murderer with 96 other convictions as police blunder allows him to slip through net

A murderer with 96 convictions for other offences slipped through vetting procedures to become a co-ordinator for a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Police checks failed to reveal that Graham Galloway, 66, received a life sentence in 1987 for 'a vicious and deadly assault'.

He has 96 convictions for other offences including fraud.

Galloway, from Northampton, served 16 years for the murder of Bryan Barras, 24, who died after being attacked with a knife at a holiday park in Somerset

The pair had been drinking before an argument broke out culminating in the attack on February 22, 1987.

Three days after the assault, in which Mr Barras sustained a haemorrhage and fatal brain damage, his family turned off his life support machine.

Despite his claims of self-defence, Galloway was unanimously convicted of murder in 1987 after only 45 minutes by a jury at Bristol Crown Court

He was released on life licence in October 2003 and is liable to be called back to prison at any time.

He later assumed another man's identity, arranging for his driving licence to be renewed with his own picture, to obtain work as a lorry driver. Read More