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MS calls for Butetown street to be named after man who was wrongly convicted of murder

22 Sep 2022 2 minute read
Tony Paris. Photo the Paris family

Ted Peskett, local democracy reporter

Calls have been made for a street in Cardiff to be named after a man who was wrongly convicted of murder.

Senedd Member for South Wales Central, Rhys ab Owen, has asked Cardiff Council about the possibility of getting a street in Butetown named after Tony Paris, one of the Cardiff Three, who recently died aged 65.

Mr Owen made the request on behalf of Tony’s daughter, Cassie Parris.

In a 90-second statement at the Senedd, Mr Owen said: “To mark his passing she would like to see a street named after him in his beloved Butetown.

“Tony Paris championed justice for himself and others. This world is a poorer place without him.”

Tony, along with Stephen Miller and Yusef Abdullahi, were wrongly convicted of the murder of Lynette White, whose body was found at a flat on James Street, Butetown, in February 1988.

The three men were jailed in 1990, but it wasn’t until two years later that their convictions were quashed at the Court of Appeal.

Police apology

An apology was made by South Wales Police 10 years ago.

A man called Jeffrey Gafoor was eventually arrested and admitted murdering the 20-year-old Ms White. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2003.

Mr Owen made a heartfelt tribute to Mr Paris in his statement. He added: “As a young boy I remember the protests for justice for the Cardiff Three.

“I also remember the persisting gossip surrounding them and as a young barrister hearing the former police officers still saying in open court that the three were guilty of murder.

“And despite receiving full apologies from South Wales Police, the corruption trial against the former police officers collapsed due to missing evidence that was later discovered.

“Injustice for Tony Paris did not finish when he walked out of the prison gates.

“His wrongful imprisonment had a detrimental impact on his health – he went from a happy-go-lucky man to becoming a recluse.”

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1 year ago

Sounds like a good idea, it’s the least they could do for him considering the massive and deliberate injustice he suffered

Ap Kenneth
1 year ago

The error cannot be fixed but it can be recognised in a fitting way such as this, would also say that Mahmood Mattan the last man to be hanged in Cardiff and who also was innocent, could be remembered in the same way.

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