Andrew Malkinson lost a third of his life after being ‘kidnapped by the state’ for a rape he did not commit in 2004. No DNA evidence linked him to the crime, with the prosecution case based solely on contested eyewitness identification. The court was never told that a key witness only came forward on the day he was arrested for another crime – and that he was addicted to heroin and had multiple criminal convictions. Malkinson did not match key parts of the victim’s original description of the attacker. She said she remembered causing a “deep scratch” to her attacker’s right cheek but Malkinson was seen at work with no scratches the next day. He was also 3in taller, had chest hair, when her attacker’s chest was described as hairless and shiny, and had prominent tattoos on his forearms when no tattoos were mentioned.
DNA evidence exonerated him finally, though not from Greater Manchester Police, who had lost the original clothing but from forensic swaps held by another agency. He is now living in financial hardship and faces another long battle, perhaps for years, to claim compensation.
He was born 23 January 1966 in Manchester, and has the same Saturn Chiron opposition Uranus Pluto square Jupiter as Sinead O’Connor (and oddly enough J.K. Rowling). He has a friendly Sun Venus in Aquarius with a determined Mars (Moon) also in Aquarius. His Jupiter is trine Mars (maybe Moon) and inconjunct Neptune and that plus Jupiter being on a focal point of a T- square would give him enough optimism to keep him afloat through difficult years He said he survived in prison by studying pure mathematics and Buddhism.
When he was convicted tr Pluto was square his Chiron and his Pluto Uranus in Virgo.
The compensation body is the one tasked with handling the Post Office debacle which does not raise too many hopes of a speedy closure. Living with the anger at the outrageous injustice – and staggering incompetence/malpractice of the original police and prosecuting authorities – would take a zen-like level of detachment. Urgh. Poor man.
Add On: Greater Manchester Police founded 1 April 1974, like the London Met has a Sun opposition Pluto – heavy on control and power. It also has Jupiter inconjunct Pluto hinting at over-confidence and a hard-edged, can-be-destructive Mars Saturn in Gemini with the North Node sitting on the midpoint. That North Node is opposition Malkinson’s Jupiter. So his optimism/lucky genie was squelched by GMP’s South Node (= die-hard, regressive, under-developed). GMP’s Mercury is conjunct his Chiron making him feel his words went for nothing.
Their relationship chart has a composite Sun in an evasive/disappointing square to Neptune. More significantly there is a fated yod, changing the lives of both irrevocably – of Sun sextile Saturn inconjunct Uranus. There are likely to be far-reaching implications, beyond the reality-check of the moment as tr Saturn is conjunct the Sun .
Add On: It now transpire there was significant DNA evidence three years after Malkinson was convicted which could have cleared him and the Criminal Cases Review Commission and others in authority did nothing about it. The CCRC, 31 March 1997, has a hard-edged, unsentimental Sun Saturn in Aries trine Pluto with its Uranus conjunct Malkinson’s Venus Sun and its Mars in allegedly meticulous Virgo conjunct Malkinson’s Uranus Pluto. Not a combination which was designed to lead to constructive cooperation.
The CCRC are due a serious shake up late in 2024 into 2025 when the Solar Arc Sun Saturn squares the Uranus – and not before time. Let’s hope they have sorted the Post Office compensation by then.