May 2019: Now released to a bail hostel in West Yorkshire

October 2010

Wakefield: Paedophile fails in bid to challenge conviction

A paedophile from Wakefield has failed in a bid to overturn his conviction with a tape recording he claimed proved his innocence.

Michael Crowther, 57, formerly of Lupset, was jailed for 13 years at Leeds Crown Court in September last year, after being convicted of two counts of rape, four of indecent assault, and 22 counts of possessing indecent photographs of children.

This week Lord Justice Rix, Mr Justice Hedley and Mr Justice Treacy, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, heard his application for permission to appeal against those convictions – claiming he had tape recorded evidence that would show his victims had fabricated their accusations against him.

But Mr Justice Hedley, giving the court’s judgment, said the recording

was “inaudible” and that Crowther had no reasonable excuse for not producing it at trial.

Observing that he was “convicted on compelling evidence” the judge concluded: “This application for permission to appeal is doomed to failure and will be refused.