We covered at length the two trials of Dave Lee Travis that resulted in his conviction was a single count of indecent assault for which he received a suspended sentence on 26th September 2014.
On 8th December 2015 it was reported that he was unsuccessful in appealing his conviction.
Grounds of Appeal
From the news reports, it was a renewed application to appeal (see our fact sheet on the appeals process here). That’s not the best of starts; it means that a Judge has already looked at it and decided that there are no arguable grounds.
We don’t know for sure what the grounds were, as they have not been made public. But it would appear to be that the major focus was on ‘fresh evidence’ – his barrister told the Court that “We have evidence now that (the complainant) lied to the jury“.
It is not clear what the (alleged) lie was, or whether there were any other grounds of appeal. But if there were, they didn’t impress the Court much, Hallett LJ saying ““We are driven to the conclusion that there are no arguable grounds of appeal and accordingly the application for leave to appeal must be refused“.
It is no surprise that DLT tried to appeal his conviction – he had very little to lose. As his lawyer said at the time, the court cases had“devastated his career, ruined his reputation, and damaged his finances beyond repair” and he said afterwards, “had cost him his living, his house and his wife’s health“.
That is, in reality, the end of the line for him. He can apply to the CCRC if there is further fresh evidence, but in a high profile case such as this it is likely that all the potential leads have been investigated.
Incidentally, it would be open to DLT to publish his grounds (anonymised of course so the name of the victim is not identified) so that we can all judge for ourselves whether or not he has grounds. I’ve never understood why this doesn’t happen more often.
We will return to the case when we get the judgement.