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Convicted “Lady in the Lake” killer Gordon Park could be posthumously cleared as his case is being revisited by the Court of Appeal.

Retired teacher Park was found guilty of murdering his first wife Carol, whose remains were found trussed up and wrapped in plastic 21 years after she vanished.

Following a 2005 trial where he was given a life sentence, Park hanged himself in his prison cell on his 66th birthday.

Gordon Park was convicted of murdering his wife, Carol
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Gordon Park was convicted of murdering his wife Carol

He always maintained his innocence and members of his family have fought on his behalf to have his conviction overturned.

The case has now been referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and the hearing will start today.

Three senior judges will examine new forensic evidence and concerns about disclosure raised by the CCRC.

The prosecution claimed that an ice axe used by Park was the murder weapon but this had been undermined by expert opinion that was not disclosed at the trial, the CCRC said.

New forensic evidence also apparently showed Park’s DNA was not found on knots of rope used to bind Mrs Park’s body, and that rocks used to weigh down the body could not be directly linked to rocks found at the family home.

The CCRC also claims that information was not disclosed in the trial which would undermine the reliability of a prosecution witness who gave evidence of Park confessing to the killing in prison.

Carol Park was 30 when she disappeared
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Carol Park was 30 when she disappeared

Carol Park was 30 when she went missing from the family home in Leece, near Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in July 1976.

Park claimed he had taken their three children on a trip to Blackpool on the day she disappeared and she had felt too ill to join them.

He said she had vanished when they returned.

Mrs Park’s body was found by amateur divers in Coniston Water in the Lake District in 1997.

She had been trussed up and weighted down and was still wearing her blue nightdress.

Gordon Park hanged himself in prison on his 66th birthday
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Gordon Park hanged himself in prison on his 66th birthday

Her husband was arrested and charged with murder following the discovery, but the case against him was dropped in 1998 due to lack of evidence.

The case, which became one of Britain’s most notorious unsolved murder investigations, was dubbed the Lady in the Lake killing.

Later, detectives discovered fresh evidence said to link Park to the murder and he was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison following a trial in 2005.

He appealed against the conviction but this was dismissed in 2008.

Following his death, members of his family applied to the CCRC to help get his conviction overturned.

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