This is a dispassionate and objective discussion of a case of murder which occurred in Western Australia 1959 and for which a man named Beamish, a deaf mute, is at present serving a life sentence. Several years after he was convicted, another man, called Cooke, who was responsible for committing five other murders and who was himself later executed, confessed to the crime in question. The Supreme Court of Western Australia was asked by the State government to report whether this confession should lead to a reconsideration of Beamish’s conviction. After a hearing before the same judges who had sat on Beamish’s trial and first appeal and who by then must have had some strong feelings about whether he was guilty, they concluded that the confession was superfluous.
This book, however, endeavours to show that this conclusion was reached by unsound reasoning, that miscarriage of justice may have occurred, and that the Executive should now intervene.
AUTHOR: Peter Brett