Supporters of Jason Moore, a millionaire convicted of murder in 2013, have submitted new evidence to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in an effort to have his case reconsidered. Moore, now 53 years old, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the murder of Robert Darby, which occurred in 2005. Despite his conviction, Moore maintains his innocence.
The new evidence, as reported by The Guardian, includes allegations of inconsistencies in eyewitness testimony. Supporters claim that the sole witness who identified Moore was intoxicated at the time of the crime and failed to initially pick him out from a lineup. However, eight years later, the witness was able to identify Moore. This information was not disclosed during Moore’s trial.
Moore, who made his fortune through gambling, had previously been convicted of fraud but had no prior record of violent offenses. He has consistently asserted his innocence, refusing to participate in rehabilitation programs while in prison.
This is not the first attempt to have Moore’s case reviewed. In 2021, the CCRC declined to return the case to the court of appeal. However, supporters, including Robert Darby’s older brother, Tim Darby, continue to dispute Moore’s conviction and are urging the CCRC to reconsider.
The murder of Robert Darby took place in August 2005 at a pub car parking lot in east London. Moore claimed that Martin Power, an acquaintance, was responsible for the crime. Both Moore and Power fled to Spain after the incident. Power was arrested in 2013 and extradited to the UK, but the charges against him were later dropped. Moore voluntarily returned to the UK from Dubai in 2012 to clear his name.
Supporters of Moore plan to gather outside 10 Downing Street this Wednesday to raise awareness of his case and advocate for a review of the evidence. The CCRC will now assess the new information submitted by Moore’s supporters.