When the body of Julie Hogg was found under the bath in her own home one man stood out as a prime suspect. He’d had an a…
Master Detective December 2006
When the body of Julie Hogg was found under the bath in her own home one man stood out as a prime suspect. He’d had an affair with Julie, he had a violent history and traces of his DNA were found in her home. Moreover, Julie’s keys bearing his fingerprints were found under the floor of his lodgings, so he was charged with her murder. Case cut and dried you’d think. Wrong. Despite the evidence the prosecution had a problem. Because Julie’s body had remained undiscovered for so long the cause of her death could not be established. And following two murder trials in which both juries failed to reach a verdict, the defendant was acquitted. Then in 1999 the police had reason to question the same man again, and this time he told the truth knowing that as things stood he could never be convicted of the murder because of a law that had been in effect for 800 years. So that was that, you might think. Again you’d be wrong. The only course open was to get the double jeopardy law changed. It was an uphill battle, but Julie’s family took on the legal establishment entrenched in centuries of tradition…See our report on this amazing case.
One minute Jackie Marshall was doing what she enjoyed most, serving a children’s party at the McDonald’s restaurant in Chichester, West Sussex, where she was a supervisor; the next she had slumped to the floor while horrified customers stampeded to get out through the door.
He is still proclaiming his innocence after nearly 15 years, but the “considerable circumstantial evidence” against Jonathan Probyn, the judge ruled at his last appeal, was too great to overturn his sentence. MD looks again at this Gloucester case in which a killer was trapped by time.