Kevin ‘Curtain’ Henry was only 22 when he was handed a life sentence for a crime he did not commit. This year, he turned 50. He has spent the majority of his life behind bars and was only released on parole in January. Because of this, the formative years where Curtain could have been doing what every other young man does – gaining experience for future employment, building his skillset, earning money, living on country with his family and community, were ripped away from him. He left jail with only the clothes on his back but his spirit still strong.
Over the past four years, human rights lawyer Martin Hodgson and Rockhampton-based journalist Amy McQuire have been investigating Kevin’s case, through ‘Curtain the Podcast’, and through this process, have uncovered a large body of evidence pointing to Curtain’s innocence. To put it briefly, this includes an alibi, new forensic analysis, the fact there was no DNA evidence tying Kevin to the crime, a forced confession and new witness statements that point to two other perpetrators of the crime.
Currently, we are preparing an application of this new evidence to present to the Governor of Queensland, to call for an official pardon, but the process is long and without precedent. If Kevin is exonerated, he will be the longest-serving exonerated prisoner in not only the state, but the rest of Australia.
While we do that though, Curtain has to survive and we think he deserves a jump start. After nearly 3 decades taken away from him, we would love to help him build his life while we go through the exoneration process. We are asking anyone who believes in justice to support and help Curtain, particularly with the purchasing of a new car – a dream of his since he was a child – as well as funds to equip him with household necessities like white goods.
You can find out more about Curtain's case at the following link: www.curtainthepodcast.wordpress.com
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