Andrew Mallard, Australian wrongfully convicted prisoner, Died at 56

Andrew Mallard was born on August 16, 1962, and died on April 18, 2019; he was a British-born Western Australian who was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1995 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Nearly twelve years later, after an appeal to the High Court, his conviction was quashed, and a retrial ordered. However, the charges against him were, dropped, and he was released.

At the time, the Director of Public Prosecutions stated that Andrew Mallard remained the prime suspect and that if further evidence became available, he could still be, prosecuted.

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Andrew was released from prison in 2006 after his conviction was, squashed by the High Court of Australia, and paid compensation by the state government.

In 2006, police conducted a review of the investigation and subsequently a cold case review. As a result, they uncovered sufficiently compelling evidence to charge convicted murderer Simon Rochford with the murder of Pamela Lawrence and to eliminate Andrew Mallard as a person of interest.

After being openly named as a suspect, Simon Rochford was found dead in his cell in Albany Prison, having committed suicide.

The Western Australian Commission on Crime and Corruption investigated whether there was misconduct by any public officer (police, prosecutors or Members of Parliament) associated with this case and made findings against two police officers and a senior prosecutor.

Andrew Mallard passed away on April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles, the home area of his fiancee, at about 1.30am local time, after being hit by a car.