FEATURES

The Jury Room: Case 6 - Omar Benguit
By CBS Reality, Thursday 25th May 2017

In the early hours of 12 July 2002, a masked man stabbed Korean student Jong-ok Shin three times in the back as she walked home alone from a night out in the seaside town of Bournemouth. Terrified and thousands of miles away from her family, the 26 year old died from her injuries.

It was a random cowardly attack; she had no defense wounds as she didn’t even get the chance to fight back. The whole community, students and locals were horrified.

6 weeks later, a prostitute with a drug habit called Beverly Brown, who had known Benguit, was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting. She gave police hints as to who had committed the murder. Ms Brown told police that she drove three men to an area close to where the stabbing happened, picking them up later and observing that Omar Benguit had blood on his t-shirt. The witness told police she also saw Benguit wrapping an object in a towel, which he then put into a shopping bag and stored under a seat.

Police were unable to find any forensic evidence to link Benguit to the crime and a murder weapon has never been recovered. The prosecution’s case was that Benguit was assisted with the murder from the other men and Beverly Brown had observed incriminating actions and behaviours.

After two failed trials, where a jury could not reach a verdict on murder, prosecutors secured permission from authorities to bring a third trial in 2005. Here, a jury found Omar Benguit guilty of murder. He was given a life sentence and told he would serve a minimum of 20 years.

He has lost two subsequent appeals, but since his conviction new evidence has emerged which throws doubt on whether Benguit is the real killer.  Beverley Brown went on national TV and said she saw Omar stab Oki when she had already told three juries she didn’t see the murder. The inconsistency of her post-trial statements and CCTV evidence prove she made false claims about the events and this calls into question the reliability of her as a witness. The defense team for Benguit also suggests the real culprit is a known killer, named Danillo Restivo. Living in Bournemouth, he had a reputation for attacking women with a knife and wearing a mask. Could Omar Benguit be in prison for Danillo’s crime?

Click here for more information about The Jury Room on CBS Reality, including the podcast, gallery and cast video biographies.


Related show tags: THE JURY ROOM
MORE FEATURES
Top 5 Unsolved Mysteries
Posted on Tuesday 27th March 2018

Top investigation series Unsolved Mysteries has been trying to crack the great bizarre stories and cold cases for years. Originally hosted by Robert Stack and then Dennis Farina (pictured), no stone is left unturned in this addictive series as the team search for the truth. But there are some stories that just cannot be solved, here’s our Top 5.

5. Bigfoot
Known under many different names across the globe, the legend of Bigfoot has stomped across the decades leaving tracks bigger than bin lids! Also known as Sasquatch, this folklore favourite has grown in sightings over the last five decades or so. Some say “it” is trying to save its environment from developers, othe...

SHARE: READ MORE
Like some gossip? We have plenty in April!
Posted on Tuesday 27th March 2018

With commentary from public relations experts, pop culture examiners and lawyers, Celebrity Damage Control puts a spotlight on Hollywood’s most notorious scandals.

From driving under the influence and shoplifting, to battery charges and soliciting prostitution, we take a look at the moments before the fall, and find out what some stars did to survive the upheaval.

With more watercooler moments than you could wish for, Celebrity Damage Control starts April 2nd at 10pm

SHARE: READ MORE
Donal MacIntyre opens more Murder Cases in April
Posted on Tuesday 27th March 2018

Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files continues each Wednesday in April at 10pm. Presented by the renowned undercover reporter and criminologist, Donal MacIntyre examines some of the most horrific and fascinating crimes of recent times through the first-hand experiences of the men and women who ensured justice was carried out.

Episode 6 April 4th: Donal MacIntyre interviews Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning to discover how the capture of killer Joanne Dennehy led to the discovery of a string of victims.

Episode 7 April 11th: Donal MacIntyre interviews former Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll to discover how he investigated the suspected mur...

SHARE: READ MORE
What Sins & Secrets will we reveal in March?
Posted on Monday 5th March 2018

Exclusive to CBS Reality, Sins & Secrets reveals the grim truth of the criminal underworld which can be found in every neighbourhood.

As slick and pacey as a contemporary cop drama, this new series uncovers brutal crimes which shook neighbourhoods leaving communities wondering who would be next and paranoid of every stranger in town.

This series shows no one can ever be sure of what is really happening behind the net curtains of suburbia. Using real life footage, dramatic reconstructions and witness interviews, the sins and secrets criminals have tried so desperately to bury are exposed.

Sins & Secrets Season 4 starts March 15th at 10pm.

...
SHARE: READ MORE
Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files remain open during March
Posted on Monday 5th March 2018

Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files is presented by renowned undercover reporter and criminologist Donal MacIntyre, who examines some of the most horrific and fascinating crimes of recent times through the first-hand experiences of the men and women who ensured justice was carried out.

Each episode includes an in-depth interview with the key detective who solved the case in question. Using dramatic reconstruction, archive footage and police tapes, MacIntyre takes the viewer through all the twists and turns, the setbacks and the dangers, to the turning point that led to the case being solved. The viewer will find out what it takes to solve a complex case while witnessing ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files open in February
Posted on Thursday 15th February 2018

In the bold new studio based series, Donal MacIntyre's Murder Files the renowned undercover reporter and crime journalist examines the most horrific and fascinating crimes.

In-depth interviews by Donal with the individuals who were central to solving each case - from the detective on duty to the undercover agent to the forensic scientist – are the spine of each episode. Donal will expertly lead them through their story step by step, uncovering the dramatic twists and turns of each and every case. The stories will be illustrated by dramatic reconstruction of the case and archive, including police tapes and undercover evidence.

Through these intimate and probing interviews, Donal will also reveal th...

SHARE: READ MORE
Sniff out crime with the Dog Patrol
Posted on Thursday 25th January 2018

This exciting series follows the integral roles that working dogs and their handlers play on the frontline protecting our streets, prisons, national parks, airports and borders.

We’re right in with the action following the real scenarios that unfold as a result of these dedicated hardworking dogs, in the Correction Service, Customs, MAF, Aviation Security, Department of Conservation and Search and Rescue. While examining the relationship between these loyal canines and their handlers, we get an intimate insight of how they mutually perform their jobs. We explore the bond each duo have together and watch each dog’s unique style of operating.

Dog Patrol weekdays at 4pm and 4:30pm fro...

SHARE: READ MORE
Toxic relationships are uncovered in February
Posted on Wednesday 24th January 2018

Uncovering: Intimate Partner Abuse (Wednesday 7th February at 10pm) is a one-hour CBS Reality Original documentary which explores and highlights the different elements of domestic abuse, including coercion and stalking, that so often lead to serious violence or homicide.

The programme reveals the patterns and warning signs that are present in almost all abusive relationships and explains the definitive characteristics of most abusers.

Jemma Cadle and Samantha Howlett describe their abusive relationships and how with support they eventually regained control and secured convictions. Other key contributors include criminologist and leading expert in domestic homicide, Jane Monckton-Smith (pictu...

SHARE: READ MORE
January on CBS Reality
Posted on Tuesday 2nd January 2018

VOICE OF A SERIAL KILLER
Season 2
Wednesdays at 22:00 from 3rd till 31st January

This thrilling 5X60 CBS Reality Original series takes a fresh approach by bringing to life the nerve-jangling real audio taken from the killers’ confessions, which in season 2 belong to Dennis Nilsen, Aileen Wuornos, Peter Manuel, Stephen Griffiths, Robert Pickton and Gary Ridgway. Using actors and lip-sync technology, the audio will be bought to life and will allow the audience will be taken inside the confessions of serial killers, face to face with evil. These police interrogations will be complimented by drama recon of the crimes themselves and further supported by expert and Police interviews. Professor...

SHARE: READ MORE
PICK OF THE WEEK
Dark Waters of Crime
DARK WATERS OF CRIME
Tuesday 24 April
10.00 PM
Medical Detectives
MEDICAL DETECTIVES
Saturday 28 April
8.30 PM
It Takes A Killer
IT TAKES A KILLER
Friday 27 April
10.00 PM