TV jury looks again at case of Bradford acid attack ‘getaway driver’

6 February 2015 .......   Michelle Feather and Rebecca Wright, mother and sister of Andrew Feather protest outside Leeds Crown Coart along with the families of two other men convicted for the brutal murder of Bradford man Barry Selby. They say Andrew Feather, Joseph Lowther and Robert Woodhead were wrongly convicted under the joint enterprise doctrine. 'TJ100704j Picture Tony Johnson
6 February 2015 ....... Michelle Feather and Rebecca Wright, mother and sister of Andrew Feather protest outside Leeds Crown Coart along with the families of two other men convicted for the brutal murder of Bradford man Barry Selby. They say Andrew Feather, Joseph Lowther and Robert Woodhead were wrongly convicted under the joint enterprise doctrine. 'TJ100704j Picture Tony Johnson

A jury assembled by television producers has taken a fresh look at the conviction of a man sentenced to 26 years in jail over the acid attack murder of a Bradford father-of-three.

Andrew Feather was one of four men convicted in 2014 for the murder of Barry Selby, 50, who died in hospital three days after he was shot in the leg and had acid thrown in his face by men who broke into his home.

West Yorkshire Police supplied of murder victim Barry Selby.

West Yorkshire Police supplied of murder victim Barry Selby.

The family of Feather, 26, who was convicted as the getaway driver for the three other men, have protested his innocence despite his being found guilty of murder and jailed for 26 years in 2014.

A bid to overturn his conviction at the Court of Appeal last year was unsuccessful, though Feather, of Heysham Drive, Holme Wood, had his minimum sentence reduced to 20 years.

This Sunday at 10pm, his case will be looked at again when a new episode of The Jury Room, which re-examines murder cases where a convicted killer has always maintained their innocence, airs on CBS Reality.

A statement by the show’s producers said: “The accepted facts of each case are presented, as originally seen by the actual trial judge and jury, to the twelve members of our specially selected CBS Reality Jury and simultaneously to our audience at home.

“Former Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton represents the prosecution and barrister Matt Stanbury speaks for the defence, while renowned crime reporter Will Hanrahan helps the jury and the viewers connect the dots.”

Feather was convicted along with co-accused Robert Woodhead, Joseph Lowther and Lee Calvert for what a judge described as the “vicious” and “cowardly” murder of 50-year-old Mr Selby at his home in East Bowling.

He was convicted as the getaway driver for the other three men and was not in the house at the time of the attack.

Mr Selby was shot in the leg and had sulphuric acid poured over him after intruders smashed their way into his home. He suffered 50 per cent acid burns and died in hospital four days later.

The show’s producers said: “Andrew Feather’s family have adamantly campaigned for two new reports to be heard at a retrial as they feel these discredit the CCTV footage.

“The fresh evidence demonstrates that the timings on some of the CCTV are incorrect, casting doubt on the movements of Feather’s Astra that night which the prosecution relied upon for a conviction.

“If the CCTV evidence falls through then perhaps Andrew Feather is in prison for being involved with a crime he knew nothing about and the real get away a driver is still out there.”

Feather’s sister Rebecca Wright told The Yorkshire Post that her brother’s lawyers were preparing to submit evidence to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Describing the CBS Reality show, she said: “The fact that it got to air is good. A lot of cases were put forward and Andrew’s case was whittled down to the top six. It shows that the producers were as troubled by the case as we were.”

Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “West Yorkshire Police has no plans to re-investigate any aspect of this case.

“Mr Selby’s murder was subject of an extensive police investigation, as a result of which four men were put before the courts and after a lengthy trial, they were found guilty and sentenced.

“Defendants’ request to seek leave to appeal have previously been considered and rejected by the Court of Appeal.”