The Police, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Judiciary do not need an excuse to fit working class people up, they do it on a daily basis. In Mark's case though they had an extra incentive, Mark is a lifelong political activist who has been harrassed and targeted by South Yorkshire Police in the past, and maintained a high Special Branch profile for many years. The police have even tried to fit him up before, causing Mark to instigate proceedings for wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution. This action was aimed at officers at the same police station which dealt with the Pomona Incident- And here's another coincidence - The person in charge of this police station in 1994 was formerly a Detective Inspector in the Special Branch, and had personally arrested Mark for a political offence in Dover in 1980.
The fitting-up of Mark Barnsley was entirely politically motivated, the State used the Pomona Incident as a convenient way of taking out a political opponent who had been a thorn in their side for many years.
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On Sunday Jan 10th 1999 a "Justice For Mark Barnsley (Ireland Support Group)" was officially established following a talk on the "Pompona Incident"
Mark Barnsley, who is a long time political activist and Prisoners support activist from Sheffield, was sentenced to 12 years in 1994 for self defence, though the British legal system astonishingly called it GBH This was because Mark was attacked by a group of 15 drunk and abusive students at the Pompona Bar in Sheffield while accompanied by a female friend and his week old daughter. In the struggle that ensued Mark and 5 of his attackers were injured. Despite the FACT that ALL independent witnesses agreed that Mark was not the instigator of the fight and was in fact fighting for his life he was given a sentence more in the line with manslaughter or attempted murder'
Mark has been continually victimised by the Police for his history of political activism. One of whom was involved in the prosecution had been successfully sued by Mark years previously on false charges. The local paper The Sheffield Star have constantly sided with the Police, constantly telling lies about the case. Going so far as to complain that Marks' supporters were being "pernickety" for asking that LIES told by The Star be corrected
As Mark has now entered his 5th year in prison an innocent man due to a clear gross miscarriage of justice, we should remember that this could happen to any of us, at anytime. In conjunction with other support groups in England, supporters held a very successful information picket in Belfast before X-Mas, of which further actions are now being planned
We would like to ask you to write cards or letters of support to Mark Barnsley. For further information on the case and how to get involved in the campaign write to our contact address:
JUSTICE FOR MARK BARNSLEY (Ireland Support Group)
co 1-5 Donegall Lane,
Belfast, BT1 2LZ.
Tel. & Fax No. 01232 208276