Posted by: justicefornoel | October 11, 2011


Noel Moran is currently serving life in prison for a crime he did not commit and had no control over.  He was convicted by a 300 year old law,  “JOINT ENTERPRISE”

The English justice system seems to be really abusing their powers on this so called charge of joint enterprise. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the police and some judges are taking this law to places it was never intended to go. The key considerations are these;

Firstly the joint enterprise law absolves the CPS of its responsibility of finding out who actually committed a crime.  The blunderlous approach to joint enterprise crime solving.

Secondly a joint enterprise Prosecution allows the CPS to cherry-pick the most vulnerable among the suspects and win cases that way. (Again without bothering to establish degrees of culpability).  Where is the justice here?  It seems all the Prosecution is interested in is the pay cheque, they don’t actually care who’s guilty and who’s not.   They get paid to convict, they are trained to convict so its the easiest option for them to use the joint enterprise law.  So it saves a lot of time and money and its much easier to secure a conviction instead of establishing the actual culprit.

Thirdly there is anecdotal evidence that jurors are being bullied in some of these Prosecution trials.  In several instances jurors have been in tears as verdicts were returned, as was the case for Noel Moran.  There appears to be occasions where the Prosecution had told the jury because of the law of joint enterprise that they had to convict.

All these fundamental issues are actual facts of Noel Moran’s case.  There is no law saying they must convict in the absence of good evidence.
However, if a joint enterprise is to have Judicial integrity, all defendants in a case must be tried together as co-defendants in order to enable the jury to get the complete picture.

Noel Moran was denied this right.

All he was told was he would be tried separately from his co-defendant.   Strangely he was still convicted under joint enterprise.

In the interest of justice, the CPS should strive to avoid joint enterprise prosecutions and instead try to establish the actual culprit.  Those are the fundamental principles if they are not satisfied then the trial process has not been fair.  Any subsequent convictions are likely to be a miscarriage of justice.

The fact in Noel’s case is that it should never have been seen as a joint enterprise at all.  The victim died of a single stab wound to the leg, which means that only one person could have done it.  The Prosecution’s case against Noel is based upon the assumption that joint responsibility for this criminal offence is each defendant’s shared intention of at least serious body harm.  Such an assmption includes committment, taking some part in achieving that aim and willful encouragement.  The Prosecution claim mere presence at the scene of a crime is not enough to prove guilt, but yet Noel was convicted for this very reason.

In considering the case against Noel Moran you must be sure that he was part of a joint plan with his co-defendant to cause at least serious bodily harm.

Noel is a young man with no previous conviction for violence.  The only evidence in the case of Noel’s intentions toward the victim is that they were very close friends, there was never any bad blood between them, seen on CCTV the night before the fatal incident celebrating New year’s.  They were seen to be giving each other a friendly hug and shaking hands.  This does not look like the intentions of someone wanting to cause at least serious body harm.  Noel Moran did not know the intentions of his co-defendant on the night in question.  As common sense has it, it is scientifically impossible for one person to know what another person is thinking.



Noel Moran was only 21 years old when his liberty was unjustly taken away from him.  He was a bright man with his own business, the rest of his life ahead of him, engaged to be married, a devoted son, a beloved brother and uncle.

Noel he comes from a very religious and hard working family who are devastated by his wrongful imprisonment .
His conviction and imprisonment has had a major impact on Noel’s family, stressed and traumatised by the emotional shock of losing a loved one to the justice system.  This has also had a major psychological effect on Noel, who until this day still grieves the loss of a dear friend and for the fact he has been convicted for part of the responsibility of that.

Noel has 100% support from his family as they know he is not capable of committing such a dreadful crime which he is being accused of.  His life has also been cut short just as that of the tragic victim.  There is not a day goes by where Noel doesn’t pray for his friend, the deceased and all his suffering family.  Noel wishes he could have done more to stop the events from taking place that night, but there is not much more he could have done as he was unaware of what was going to happen.

Noel’s only downfall in life was getting mixed up with the wrong crowd, but how was he to know a so-called friend was going to harm another friend.  Unfortunatly he learned this lesson the hard way.


There is strong evidence in the case of Noel that certain members of his jury were in effect bullied into reaching this verdict.  As much as we would love to give more detail of this, for legal reasons we cannot.
In this day and age you would like to think this proves a major MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE.

This is only one case, how many other innocent people is this going to happen to in this country?  As we are well aware, it would not be the first time a person has been wrongly convicted at the Old Bailey and it certainly won’t be the last time.

If you have any questions for Noel, please send your comment and Noel will indirectly respond.  If you prefer to leave a private comment just state “private” on your comment. and we will assure your confidentiality.










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