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PERSONAL STATEMENT BY ELIZABETH COUTTS

My husband and I have always shied away from going public on our son Graham’s case because of the outrageous reports in the press. As we value our privacy we did not want to run the risk of being misquoted. As he has now served almost 12 years of his sentence we think it is .now time we made our support public. We always expected justice to prevail

I visit Graham regularly, usually every 2 months. Due to distance I am unable to visit more often. My husband, due to his poor health, has not seen Graham for nearly 3 years. Graham telephones us twice a week.

The tragic events of 2003 that led to Jane Longhurst’s death, and Grahams eventual arrest, was devastating to my husband and I. Also or thoughts went out to Mrs Longhurst and family for their overwhelming loss.
We have always believed Graham’s version of events that it was a tragic accident. Graham made all the wrong decisions afterwards, but he has explained why he took this course of action.

As Graham’s mother, I would like to tell you that the son we brought up is not the monster that is depicted on some of the more salacious web sites. It appears that the people writing these articles have their own agendas and do not care about the feelings of his parents and family.

Graham was brought up in a happy and loving home with his sister. He was a bright intelligent boy, also quite sensitive. His first 10 years were spent in Scotland. We moved to England where he went to the local primary, then onto Grammar school, until he was 14years old. We moved again and he went the local Comprehensive school and 6th form College.

Graham enjoyed sport, playing cricket, football, tennis and golf. He was a cub scout and a boy scout. He also worked at the local garden centre at week ends and school holidays. He also started playing guitar and played in a band with friends.

Graham had his faults (as we all do) but he was well behaved and respectful. He was never aggressive towards us. He had a good sense of humour, and could be very amusing. He moved to the South of England when he was 19yrs old, . He eventually formed a band and followed his love of music.
We spoke regularly, and also visited him in Brighton. Graham also came up to Scotland to visit us. We had returned to Scotland in 1988.

We, as Graham’s parents, hope that that the CCRC Application which is being prepared by his Solicitor will bring about a better outcome for him. March 2015

STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR GRAHAM COUTTS FROM GORDON NEWTON

I met Graham Coutts in 2003 when serving as a prison chaplain at HMP Belmarsh and have come to know him well through conversations, correspondence and prison visits.
It is my opinion that he is not guilty of murder, despite his association with Jane Longhurst and despite being with her at the time of her death. I have failed to ever discover any motive for murder. Graham himself is all too aware of his own personal imperfections, however, despite these he is a man of moral principles and has not carried a criminal record.
I am not personally convinced about the safety of this conviction. A highly experienced investigative journalist, whom I contacted, told me that he believes Graham is not guilty of murder, but that getting him out of the hole he has dug for himself would be a Himalayan task.
So it appears that this may be a case where someone languishes in jail for 26 years because it is not in the interests of any section of the community to press for the truth.
But is this justice? January 2015

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