Wang Yam given permission to bring new evidence in murder appeal
Professor is serving life for killing reclusive pensioner Allan Chappelow
16 March, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
THE Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd yesterday (Wednesday) told barristers fighting to free the man convicted of murdering Hampstead pensioner Allan Chappelow that they will be allowed submit fresh evidence to the Court of Appeal.
Wang Yam is serving a life sentence for killing Mr Chappelow, 86, at his home in Downshire Hill, Hampstead, in 2006 – but the Chinese physics professor has always protested his innocence. Swathes of evidence were heard in secret after the then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith ruled it could jeopardise national security if his defence was made public.
Yam’s barrister, Peter Wilcock QC, who hopes to gain a retrial for his client, was at the Royal Courts of Justice as it was ruled he could use evidence not previously heard in court. Yam claims to have worked as an informant for the British Secret Service.