“... Of all the thousands of Crimewatch appeals I presented, his was the only case that made me worry we had contributed towards an injustice ... this was a classic story of the wrong man trapped in a horrible web of intrigue. Stagg really was innocent as
For 15 years after his arrest for the 1992 murder of Rachel Nickell, cleared suspect Colin Stagg suffered verbal abuse, physical attacks, hate mail and death threats. He led the life of a pariah, suffering at the hands of a lynch-mob mentality that could not accept his innocence. But now, finally, the historic tide has turned . . .
Following the conviction of serial killer/rapist Robert Napper for Rachel’s murder in December 2008, Stagg was awarded a record £730,000 in compensation from the Home Office. Final vindication came in late 2009, with a letter from Rachel’s bereaved partner, Andre Hanscombe. In Innocent as Charged, Stagg tells of the sudden change of fortune that has led those who once threatened him in the street to flash thumbs-up signs ...
“Colin Stagg’s [Innocent as Charged] is a work of desperately sad storytelling, with a voice that grips you like the skinny hand of the ancient mariner.” – JOHN GRIEVE, former Director of Intelligence for the Metropolitan Police