The following is the text of a leaflet by the "Free Steve Lewis Campaign" written by Steve's wife, Mary Lewis and submitted to the Movement for Justice on 16 September, 1998:
Miscarriage of Justice
My husband, Steve Lewis, was arrested and chaged with GBH in August of 1996, while he was waiting on Remand for the Trial, 6 months later Steve was arrested for 2 Rapes, of which took place in 1992 and the other in 1995. My husband does not know anything about these Rapes, because he was elsewhere.
Steve in January this year (1998), was found guilty solely on the evidence produced by the police. This DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid, or "genetic fingerprinting" as it is commonly known) test was never made available to his defence lawyers. WHY?
Steve has no previous criminal record, and now he has been branded as a serial rapist. My husband has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.
I KNOW MY HUSBAND IS INNOCENT
In one of the rapes that took place, my husband was with me and other member of our family at our home: we said so in court.
At the time the second rape took place, my husband was at work. He had alibi witnesses who came to court, voluntarily, and gave evidence on Steve's behalf: one of these witnesses was a director of the Company for whom Steve works.
How my husband was found guilty, I do not know! There is enough evidence to prove that my husband is innocent, and, yet, they still found him guilty.
JUSTICE MUST NOT ONLY BE DONE; BUT BE SEEN TO BE DONE
The victims of these horrific crimes were not give the opportunity to verufy, physcally, that it was my husband who attacked them: ther were no identifiation parades.
The police say my husband is guilty as there was a DNA "match". Yes, this may seem damning, but if the evidence against Steve is so conclusive, WHY DID THE POLICE NOT MAKE THIS EVIDENCE AVAILBLE TO THE DEFENCE LAWYERS?
Think of the tragic farce of the Birmingham Six, where forensic espert, eventually admitted, that substances analysed, on hads, could have as easily come from plying cards (which the defendents claimed they ere doing on the train) as from nitroglycrine (a bomb-making ingredient), which the police claimed they were doing. ALL EVIDENCE MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL.
I know and believe in my husband's innocence, How am I to prove that he is an innocent man and that the real guilty person is walking free: and free to rape again?
STEVE LEWIS APPEAL, PO BOX 1265. ILFORD, IG3 9JD