Winston Silcott (born 1959) is a British citizen of African-Caribbean (Montserrat) parents, who, as one of the "Tottenham Three", was convicted in March 1987 for the murder of PC Keith Blakelock on the night of 6 October 1985 during the Broadwater Farm riot in north London, despite not having been near the scene. All three[clarification needed] convictions were quashed on 25 November 1991 after scientific tests suggested the men's confessions had been fabricated.
Silcott received compensation of £17,000 for his wrongful conviction. Two of the investigating police officers were prosecuted for fabricating evidence but were acquitted in 1994. Silcott received a further £50,000 in compensation from the Metropolitan Police in an out-of-court settlement which ended a civil action against the force for malicious prosecution.
Silcott was convicted in 1979 and sent to prison for six months for his part in a nightclub brawl. His other convictions include murder, burglary, malicious wounding and possession of an offensive weapon. In 1979 he was tried for and acquitted of murder.
In 1989, the London School of Economics Students' Union elected Silcott as Honorary President, allegedly as a protest against miscarriages of justice.
Silcott served 18 years imprisonment for the murder of boxer, nightclub bouncer and reputed gangster Tony Smith, for which he was on bail when Blakelock was killed. Silcott claimed that he killed Smith in self defence. He was released from Blantyre House Prison in October 2003. Silcott had also served a six-month prison sentence for assault in a nightclub prior to his conviction for the murder of Smith.
In 2005, the police recruited Silcott to run a youth centre on the Broadwater Farm Estate, in a bid to reduce youth crime in the area.
In March 2007, he was found guilty of theft from shops for a second time since his release from prison. After his initial arrest he was held in police cells for two days for failing to reveal his real address.
- Winston Silcott: An infamous past (BBC News, 20 October 2003)
- Silcott police pay-out 'disgraceful' BBC News
- "Why 'racially-oppressed martyr' Winston Silcott does not deserve to be canonised". Mail. 6 April 2007.
- David Rose meets Winston Silcott The Observer