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Who was Lynette White?

Lynette White, 5 July 1967 – 14 February 1988, was murdered on 14 February 1988 in Cardiff, Wales. South Wales Police issued a photofit image of a bloodstained, white male seen in the vicinity at the time of the murder but were unable to trace the man.

In November 1988, the police charged five black and mixed-race men with White’s murder, although none of the scientific evidence discovered at the crime scene could be linked to them. In November 1990, following what was then the longest murder trial in British history, three of the men were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.

What happened in the Lynette White case and who was jailed for her murder?

In 1988, five men were arrested and charged with the murder of 20-year-old sex worker Lynette White in Cardiff, Wales.

Three of them – Tony Paris, Yusef Abdullahi, and Stephen Miller – were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Four years later they were acquitted after being wrongfully convicted but who was the real killer and were they caught?

Here’s what we know.

Lynette White Biography, Wiki

Lynette White had left school without any qualifications and had been working as a prostitute since she was 14 years old. Tim Rogers, a BBC Wales journalist, interviewed White a few weeks before her murder as part of an investigation into child prostitution. Rogers said that White was “probably the most visible prostitute working in Cardiff at the time.”

Acquaintances said that “she would be the first girl out at lunchtime, and the last one left at night”, even working on Christmas Day. Described by friends as “pretty and popular”, White earned around £100 each night. She told Rogers that she had been drugged and taken to Bristol by a gang of men who forced her into prostitution and that even after eventually making her way back to Cardiff she had found herself trapped in “a continual spiral of prostitution.”

By 1988 she was working every day to pay for her boyfriend Stephen “Pineapple” Miller’s cocaine addiction. Miller, who was also her pimp, took at least £60-£90 each day from White, who was his only source of income. Each day he would drive her to Riverside, Cardiff where she plied her trade, before meeting with her at the “North Star” club in the evenings to collect her earnings. The two lived together at a flat in Dorset Street, Cardiff.

Lynette White’s murder

The 20year-old from Butetown was found in a flat above a betting shop on James Street in what is now described by many as Cardiff Bay.

Lynette White Biography
Lynette White

Lynette, who was working as a prostitute, had been violently stabbed 50 times.

Within weeks there was an appeal on Crimewatch, which had only just started.

The investigation was led by DCS John Williams, whose team was looking for a suspect who had been witnessed in the doorway of James Street with a bleeding hand and crying and mumbling. He was white with brown hair. But Mr. X was ruled out by blood tests by the September of 1988.

The Cardiff Five…..and the three of them who were jailed

By the end of 1988, a new team was brought in, Detective Inspector Graham Mouncher took over as lead officer and Inspector Tommy Page joined him.

They brought in Butetown locals John Actie, Tony Paris, Yusef Abdullahi, Ronnie Actie, and Stephen Miller – known as the “Cardiff Five”.

Paris, Abdullahi, and Miller would go on to be found guilty of the murder and become known as the Cardiff Three. They spent more than two years in prison while cousins John and Ronnie Actie were acquitted in 1990.

Ronnie (left) and John Actie outside court after they walked free

The case against them included false eyewitness statements and coerced confessions.

However, on appeal in 1992 the taped interviews with Stephen Miller, who had a mental age of 11, were deemed an example of inappropriate interrogation for reference in future cases such as their intimidating and coercive nature.

Paris, Miller, and Abdullahi would be released. But their lives would never be the same.

Catching of Lynette White’s Real Murderer, Jeffrey Gafoor

DNA technology identified a man called Jeffrey Gafoor as a suspect for Miss White’s murder after the investigation was reopened in September 2000.

Leading forensic scientist, Angela Gallop – who also worked with police to catch John Cooper, the killer who murdered four people in Pembrokeshire in the 1980 s – and her team scoured DNA databases after a spot of blood was found on a skirting board at the flat on James Street.

But only when a detective painstakingly poured over the profiles did he find a pattern – and found a partial match to Gafoor’s nephew.

Officers arrested Gafoor, a security guard at the time, at his home in Llanharan.

In 2003, more than 10 years after the five wrong men appeared in the court of the murder, Gafoor was given a life sentence and ordered to serve a minimum of 13 years for the 1988 Valentine’s Day murder of Lynette White in Cardiff.

Catching of real murderer Jeffrey Gafoor
Catching of real murderer Jeffrey Gafoor

He pleaded guilty to murder when he was 38. He confessed to stabbing Ms. White with a knife more than 50 times following a row over £30.

In 2020, Gafoor was moved to an open prison and denied parole earlier this year.

At his sentencing, Patrick Harrington QC, prosecuting, told the court: “He did not simply kill, he attacked in a barbaric manner, cutting, stabbing and slashing his victim over 50 times, cutting her throat, slashing both wrists, cutting, stabbing and slashing her face, arm and especially the torso.

“It is tempting to talk of the defendant having attacked in a frenzy, but the pattern of distribution of injuries suggests a particular mindset.”

The police corruption trial and its collapse

It was the largest police corruption trial in British history.

Chief Inspectors Graham Mouncher and Richard Powell, Chief Superintendent Thomas Page, Detectives Michael Daniels, Paul Jennings, Paul Stephen, Peter Greenwood, and John Seaford, as well as two original witnesses charged with perjury, Violet Perriam, and Ian Massey, all appeared at Swansea Crown Court in July 2011.

They denied all charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and one also denied the charge of perjury.

It was the prosecution’s case that the detectives had “manipulated, molded and even completely fabricated” evidence, that they had acted “corruptly together and with other police officers to manufacture a case against the five men”.

And, while Gafoor said he acted alone in the murder of Lynette, the defense in the corruption trial alleged that Miller, Paris, Abdullahi and John, and Ronnie Actie, were still allegedly involved.

While Ronnie Actie and Abdullahi had seen Gafoor convicted, they had both died before this corruption trial started, so did not have to endure the allegations once more.

But five months into the corruption trial it collapsed. There were documents which the prosecution failed to disclose to the defense.

And it turned out those documents were missing. It was deemed that there was no case to answer because of the non-disclosure of these documents and the defendants were acquitted.

Just over a month, later the documents were located in the office of detective chief superintendent Christopher Coutts who led the inquiry into the corruption.

What happened next?

There was an investigation ordered by the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, led by Richard Horwell QC.

The findings of this were delayed by a civil case brought by the eight former police officers, and seven others, who sued South Wales Police for damage to their reputations. This case was dismissed.

Speaking to WalesOnline, John Actie, 60, said he still feels justice hasn’t been served; “My life hasn’t been normal for 30-odd years.

“It’s never going to be the same now even after all these years and the dust has settled. I was wronged, [the detectives] got away with it – I’m always going to be angry.

“You just couldn’t move on because this was always hanging over you, you know, up until they arrested the corrupt policeman, who were treated with kids gloves, taken to a police station kept down there for an hour, you know, not in the cells – treated nice. We were just put in jail. Yes, the real policemen caught Gafoor but we’ve never had justice.”

Lynette White FAQ’s

Who was Lynette White?

Lynette White, 5 July 1967 – 14 February 1988, was murdered on 14 February 1988 in Cardiff, Wales. South Wales Police issued a photofit image of a bloodstained, white male seen in the vicinity at the time of the murder but were unable to trace the man.

How was Lynette White murdered?

Lynette White, 20, a sex worker, was stabbed more than 50 times by Gafoor in a flat in the docklands area of Cardiff in 1988.

When was Lynette White murdered?

Lynette White was murdered on 14th February 1988.

Who is Lynette White’s real killer?

Jeffrey Gafoor.

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