Innocent (2018) s01e01 Episode Script

Episode 1

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All rise.
Will the foreman stand, please? Have you reached a verdict on which at least ten of you agree? No.
Do you think if I gave you more time you would be able to reach a verdict on which at least ten of you agreed? No.
I'm sorry.
In which case, I am obliged to call the trial to a halt and discharge you, the jury.
Having consulted with the prosecution in anticipation of such an outcome, it is my duty to tell you, Mr Collins, that the prosecution intend to offer no further evidence.
As such, given this was the third trial for the same offence, you are now formally acquitted of all charges and are free to leave.
Court will now adjourn.
You killed her, you bastard! You murdered my sister! It's not fair.
Oh, Tara! - How are you feeling about your brother-in-law? - Excuse me.
- Do you still think he did it, Alice? Can we go, please, driver? DCI Beech, what is your reaction to Mr Collins's release? My thoughts right now are with Tara Collins' family -- her mum, her dad and her sister.
- Do you have any new leads? - We'll be reviewing all the evidence we have.
- Are there any other suspects? - Are you looking for anyone else? - No, we're not.
I'm gonna get our car to come round the back.
It's insane out there.
Come on.
David? No.
Hey! David! What would you like to say to your sister-in-law, David? - What would you like to say to Tara's family? - Will you be suing them for negligence? Will you be suing the police? Seven years ago I was sent to prison for something that I did not do, for a terrible crime that I did not commit.
Overnight, I lost my wife, I lost my liberty, and, most importantly, I lost my kids.
Why? Because of the Forensic Science Service's criminal negligence and because of a police investigation that bent every bit of evidence to fit a theory that was clearly wrong.
And more important than that, much worse, was that ordinary people lied.
They lied for their own ends, and if they are watching this now, I want them to know that I will expose them.
I will expose them for what they have put me through.
I've had seven years of my life stolen, and now I want justice.
I want my wife's real killer found, I want those that lied brought to book, and I want my children back.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
- No more questions.
- Excuse me.
Thank you.
Excuse me.
No more questions.
We should have been more honest with the children.
- We should have told them this was a possibility.
- What would we have said, Rob? Just what? It's not just a question of having an open mind, DCI Beech.
We have to be seen to have one.
It was a stupid thing to say, obviously.
It's just that we all know he was released on a technicality, so I've never worked on a case that explored more possibilities, sir.
There was no-one else.
It was him.
Well, I hope so.
The public hardly need another reason to distrust us, do they? Which is why I know you'll understand my need now for a fresher pair of eyes.
DI Hudson.
Yes, sir.
No! - It's all right, darling.
- No! Why, Mum? Why? 'In March 2015, the Forensic Science Service laboratory, 'which handled the original evidence, 'was found to have routinely broken standard storage protocols '.
making it impossible for the court to discount cross-contamination.
'With this, the third such collapse - Louise.
- 'I presume you've seen the news.
Why don't you come over later, see the kids? We can have a chat.
' I want you to pick a team completely unconnected to the original investigation, and then I want you to start again to investigate this case as if she were killed yesterday.
- You think you can do that? - Yes, sir.
Why not? Oh, there are about 50 reasons "why not" walking the corridors of this station alone, DI Hudson.
But we need to send a message out that, despite DCI Beech's remarks this morning, - we take the court's decision very seriously indeed.
- Yes, sir.
Of course.
Keep me up to speed on any new developments.
I've got the Home Office breathing down my neck.
What about the other evidence? Well, in the end, the jury must have decided that the other stuff was just too circumstantial.
- What's "circumstantial"? - It means that it was helpful for the original case but not on its own enough to prove guilt.
- But her blood was on his coat.
- It was.
But the jury believed it might have got there by accident at the forensic laboratory.
But what about all the other stuff he did to her? - Hitting her and the threats he made to you? - Again, darling, it doesn't prove he murdered anybody.
What was he talking about when he said people had lied? Well if he wants people to believe him, he's going to have to say we all lied, isn't he? Did you? Of course not, Jack.
So you still think he did it? Well, you know, in the end I think it's probably best not to dwell on our own opinions.
The truth is we'll probably never know one way or the other.
This is so fucked up.
- Jack, I know this must be -- - Just leave him, love.
Let him have some time on his own.
What's to stop him just taking us back? Lots, Rosie.
There is lots to stop him.
- I bet he's gone to live with Uncle Phil.
It's only 15 minutes away.
- No.
- He could come and take us! - That's not going to happen.
- When we're outside school! He killed our mum, and he could kill us! (I'm so sorry.
) Here we go.
How long have you been here? Er about six months.
The old place was too big, really, and well, your case took up a fair amount of time.
Both gave me the excuse to chuck in my shite job and take one that I actually enjoy.
For which, my dear brother, I am eternally grateful.
Erm I didn't know how today was gonna go.
Obviously I'll clear all this out now.
Phil Shut up.
I don't know how I'm ever gonna be able to thank you.
- You would've done the same for me.
- No, I bloody wouldn't have.
I'm gonna stick the kettle on.
There's a few boxes of stuff from the old house there.
I managed to get in before Alice took everything.
- Are they still just outside Halesham? - Yeah.
I drive over every now and then just just to see the kids.
What, "see" see them? Have you - Have you spoken to them? - No, no.
From a distance.
I've taken a few photos over the years.
They're in there too.
Milk and sugar? Hey.
- Listen, I had no idea he was gonna give me the case.
- I know.
- And obviously I've got no choice.
I had to say yes.
- It's all right.
It's all right.
I'm pleased for you.
Of course I am.
And I'm here for you if you need any help, genuinely.
- Listen, he knows you got it right.
- Does he? Didn't sound like it to me.
- Jesus, maybe there IS someone else out there.
Maybe I did get it wrong.
- No, you didn't get anything wrong.
You know that.
Everyone knows that.
I'm just gonna do what I'm told and do what's required of me, and I have absolutely no doubt that I will come to exactly the same conclusion that you did seven years ago, OK? Everything's gonna be fine, babe.
- These arrived this morning.
- Oh.
- I thought maybe we could have a look over the weekend.
- OK.
- If you're about.
- Yeah.
- That's nice.
- That is nice.
- Only two bedrooms, though.
- Yeah.
Steve? Mari-Luz? Can I see you both in here, please? Graham, can I see you as well? So these are copies of the original Tara Collins case file.
Please take one each, digest, and tomorrow first thing we start again.
And just We probably won't find anything which puts Collins back inside.
The CPS have never sanctioned a fourth trial for the same offence.
But what we might find, if we give this our very best efforts, is evidence which proves conclusively this time what actually happened that night, and I think we owe Tara's family that, at the very least.
Thanks, guys.
I expected you earlier.
They're both asleep now.
It took me back, watching all those news reports.
- I can't manage on what you give us, Tom.
- That's what the courts decided was fair.
Courts can get it wrong, though, can't they? - What were you thinking? - Another five a year.
I can't afford to pay you another £5,000 a year, Louise.
Really? But you're a consultant now.
And all that private work.
All those pretty young milfs who pay you to peer between their legs.
How is your new wife, by the way? Yeah, it took me back, Tom.
It took me right back.
Yes, I'm sorry to say that in certain circumstances special guardianship can be revoked.
But the key thing here, if it went to court, what the judge would want to know more than anything else, and actually what both sets of parents should want to know, is what do the kids want? Well, they'll want to stay with us.
Of course they will.
So you've already spoken to them about this? No, not directly.
It's all happened so fast.
But we don't need to.
We just know.
They hardly remember their father.
Jack was eight, Rosie was five.
He'd be a stranger to them.
Now all their friends are here, their family, their school.
Everything's here.
- None of this even takes into account what they still believe he did.
- Absolutely.
And all of those are very powerful arguments.
But I also imagine that, in time, they'll come to accept the fact that he's been acquitted.
And, notwithstanding all the other points you make, they are still his kids.
All I'm saying is, if he does apply for an access order, they'll take it very seriously.
Given that, my advice to you is to start a dialogue with him.
- What, with David? - I know that might seen impossible right now, but, trust me, going to court is not only incredibly expensive, it's traumatic for everyone, especially the kids.
But if you can talk and find some compromise, there might just be a way forward that works for everyone.
I will never get over what that man did to my family.
And I want you to know that if I was ever in the same room as him, I would try and kill him.
Erm I'm gonna nip down the shops to get us some grub.
Is there anything in particular you fancy? - Can I go? - Course you can.
And you don't have to ask.
No, no.
Force of habit.
Here you go.
And er maybe grab some beers? - (Ooh, yeah.
) - Oh, and I got you this.
It's an old one of mine but it should be OK.
I've stuck my number in there, and your lawyer's.
I'm gonna pay you back, Phil, for everything.
I swear.
Eva, I'm so sorry.
The traffic was mental.
Thank you.
I'll see you tomorrow.
(Sorry, baby.
) Tim? Tim, it's me.
Are you all right? You're my daughter's godfather.
You're my friend, Tim.
I'm not your friend.
You have no friends.
Now fuck off back under that stone you crawled out from.
Agh! I am innocent! All right?! I am innocent! - Now you say it! - Agh! - Dave! - Say it! - Dave! No, mate! No, no, no! I didn't get to go to my wife's funeral! - I saw my wife's grave four hours ago! - Let's go home.
Let's go home.
We wouldn't let him take you, either of you.
You're safe here with Mum and Dad, always safe.
'Just to say to Tara, if you're watching this, the kids and me, we love you so much, and when we see you We just want you back.
And if anybody is watching this and knows where she is, contact them.
We just want her back with her family, so We love you very much.
Thank you.
Mr Collins won't be answering any questions at this time.
Thank you very much.
Can't sleep.
Come here.
If you feel bad, just text me and I'll come get you.
What happened to you last night? I gave you a call.
I My phone was on silent.
- And then it was late.
- Ah.
- Sorry.
You know that three-bedder in Ripley? Perfect.
- Yeah.
That was the one I liked.
- Yeah? I could get a transfer to Banham.
You could stay here.
- It's only a ten-mile commute for each of us.
- Yeah.
- Great.
So shall I arrange a viewing? - Are you around this weekend? - Yeah.
- Great.
Anything you want me to go through with you? No, I'm good.
Thanks, though.
- So your sister-in-law offered to take on the children? - Yeah.
- With your blessing? - No.
Absolutely not, no.
Cos I knew at that point that she'd told the police lies about me.
- About you hitting your wife? - Among other things, yeah.
- And so you resisted it? - Yeah.
I tried to.
I wanted my brother to look after them, and he agreed to move down from Bolton after Tara died.
But they put up a very powerful argument in court, saying that the kids knew them better and that they loved them and it was the least disruptive option for everyone.
And this was true? Look, she'd been a good aunt, and she didn't have any kids of her own, so I'm sure that she did love them, yeah.
Still does, in fact.
- And am I right in thinking that you haven't seen your children since the day you were arrested? - No.
- Because? - I wanted them to visit me, of course, but they refused.
Did you write to them? Yeah, I did, at first.
And did they write back? I got a response to my first letter from my son, which was understandably very angry.
I only ask because in terms of the court, they will think that seven years is a very long time for a child not to have any contact with a parent.
They've lived longer without you than with.
You just need to be aware that they will consider this.
But they are your kids, - and, on balance, I still believe the courts would say you have a right to see them.
- Yes.
But what would actually be better is if we could open a dialogue with the guardians.
If both sides start talking, we could resolve the issue without getting the courts involved at all.
- Speak with Alice? - Yeah.
How do you feel about that? God, if I was in the same room as that woman I don't think that's gonna be a possibility.
It's very clear to me that David Collins remains the most credible suspect.
We know the blood on his coat was his wife's.
We have the sister's testimony that there was a history of violence from him towards Tara.
We have a witness who heard a woman scream, coming from the direction of their house at approximately 11pm.
And we know that Collins lied about his friend Tom Wilson being at their house until 11:30 that night.
Wilson actually left at 10:30, which meant Collins would have had time to drive to Dedham Lakes and back before being seen by their milkman at just after 5am.
But if this murder had happened yesterday, I would be exploring other avenues as well.
Tom Wilson.
When he was first interviewed, his account tallied with Collins'.
He said he was drinking and playing cards with him until 11:30.
But then three days later, he revised his timings.
I want to know why he changed his mind.
Mari-Luz, you and me are gonna look at Collins again, but also Alice Moffatt.
Probably not gonna be a popular line of inquiry, but the fact is she did pretty well out of Tara's murder.
Before that, she and Rob were living in a one-bedroom flat in Malling.
Always wanted kids, husband was infertile, so with Tara dead and David in prison, she had herself a ready-made family.
I want to go through everything that happened that night, talk to Alice about the meal she had with Tara and speak to the witnesses from the restaurant.
Lastly, just let's do ourselves a favour.
None of this is gonna play well out there, so, until we're obliged, let's just give all information out on a need-to-know basis.
- Hello.
- Mr Collins, this is DI Cathy Hudson.
Your brother gave me your number.
I thought it might be useful if we met.
- The Collins case? - Yeah.
- What on earth could Tom tell you about the Collins case? - Is he around? - He's doing a lecture tonight.
- Oh, OK.
No problem.
I'll just give him a call, then.
Have you got his mobile? Give me yours and I'll get him to call you.
- So how long have you two been married now? - Two years.
And he never mentioned that he used to be David Collins' best friend? I'll get him to call you.
Thanks for your time.
I'm not having any discussions with him.
- I'll do everything I can to prevent him gaining access to the children.
- Alice, just listen to me.
- What about what the kids want? - We know what Rosie wants.
- What a very confused 12-year-old girl wants.
- She's terrified of him.
- Because of everything she thinks she knows about him.
What do you mean, she "thinks" she knows? What does that mean? Whether we like it or not, he has been released and he will be going after access, with a very good chance of getting it.
So however we do it, we need to help the kids accept that.
Our children even spending an hour with that man makes me feel sick.
- HIS children.
- No.
They are not his kids.
He gave up that right when he killed their mother.
They're ours.
They're Tara's.
- This is not helpful.
- Really - You have such a fixed view of everything! - What do you mean, a fixed view? - The case, Tara The last seven years wasn't just my take on things.
It was the police's, ours, everybody's.
Maybe we were wrong.
Look, all I'm saying is that after three trials, he has been released.
- Yeah, on a technicality.
- Maybe, but - Maybe?! I can't believe you're beginning to try and defend that man! Rosie? Rosie? Rosie! 'My Jack, thank you for your letter.
I completely understand your anger, and if what I've been accused of were true, you would have every right to hate me as much as you say you do.
Please believe I am innocent.
All I can think of is the day that my name is cleared.
' Hello.
And when exactly did Agata Wakowski stop working for you? And any idea at all where she is now? Any of your staff who might know? No, I do understand.
You get a lot of churn with immigrants but worth asking, maybe? OK, tell you what.
How about I drop by right now and interview them all myself? Yes, I'll hold.
So, do you still think I killed her? Yeah.
On balance, I do, yes.
But there are some gaps in the original investigation which I want to look into.
And I intend to find out the truth.
If you think that'll be good for you, you'll help me.
If you don't, you won't.
So, there are three main areas that I want you to go away and have a think about.
Firstly and most importantly, can you think of anyone who would have maybe wanted to hurt Tara? Think about her behaviour in the month leading up to her death and ask yourself, did anything odd happen? Maybe something's occurred to you since the original investigation which might help us.
The fractured cheekbone she suffered three months before she died, she said she'd been mugged.
Same thing.
Go back over the days leading up to this incident and ask yourself, did anything unusual occur, anything at all? Lastly, the blood on your coat.
If it wasn't cross-contamination, any other suggestions for how it could have got there.
That's my card.
Call me any time, night or day.
He told the police I was with him till 11:30, and I corroborated that because I just assumed he was telling the truth.
Only later I realised that I couldn't have been.
I had an early surgery the following day.
No way would I have been out that late.
- And my wife confirmed that.
- OK.
So it was a full three days later that you decided to come forward and correct your statement.
- Why was that? - Because David was a friend, and because I knew I would be trashing his alibi.
At that stage, I didn't seriously think that he could have done it, so I held off.
And I ended up as an accessory to murder, and no-one signs up for that, do they? - There you go, sweetheart.
- Thank you.
I'll drive her back in an hour or so.
Maybe they'll have resolved it by then.
Did you ever wonder why she never talked to us? Tara, I mean, about David hitting her.
There are things you don't tell a parent that you'd tell a sister.
Are there? She wouldn't have wanted to worry us.
But you were there, Pete, when he threatened Alice, when he threatened to kill her just before he was charged.
We both saw that, didn't we? I'd like to go over what you saw that night at the restaurant, Agata.
- I said all this seven years ago.
- I just need to clarify a couple of things.
- Do you remember if they ate? - No.
They eat nothing.
They drink, all night.
Very drunk.
Particularly her, the older one.
- Alice? - Yeah, Alice.
- What was their mood? - Very good spirits.
Laugh, laugh, laugh, till last 20 minutes.
Then shit, nasty row, until they leave.
You said, "They were in good spirits, laughing and joking all night.
" Not all night.
Till last 20 minutes.
The other woman working that night -- Sylvie -- didn't mention anything about a row.
Sylvie was on a different section.
Plus, she didn't see what I see when I went out for a smoke.
- What did you see? - What I told police officer.
By lavatories, big sister grab little one by throat and push into the wall.
- Why were you not called as a witness at the trial? - I don't know.
I returned to Poland for a year just after I give statement, but I would have come back if they ask.
OK, thank you.
Phil? Quick word, mate.
- Eric.
How's tricks? - Yeah, all good, mate.
All good.
Look, I just wanted to say that you're not gonna be doing yourself any favours letting him stay at yours.
No-one's got a problem with you, and we understand that he's well, he's family, but you'll have to find him somewhere else to live.
He'll live where he wants, mate.
It's a free country, last time I checked.
He needs to leave, mate.
Got you there.
There's nothing you can do.
Nothing you can do! And that, young man, is how you incapacitate your common or garden bank robber.
Go and clean your teeth and I'll come read you a story, all right? Chop chop.
You know what? I've just remembered.
We did actually try and get hold of her.
But she came from some arse-end village north of Gdansk and we never managed to track her down.
Obviously, if her statement had been key, we might have tried a little harder but Right.
It's just cos she now says that she told you she saw Alice assault her sister that night.
- Assault her? - Yeah.
- Assault her how? - She said she grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against a wall.
Jesus! No.
She never said anything remotely like that.
- Obviously she didn't, cos if she had, it would be in her witness statement.
- Yeah, of course.
I'm just wondering why she'd say that to me, then.
I don't know.
Maybe she remembered it wrong.
Or maybe she's got some agenda we don't know about.
You tell me.
I don't know.
I've no idea.
Jacob! Jack! Rosie! Supper! - Where's Jack? - I thought he was down here.
He's not upstairs.
Is he with Dad? Rob, have you seen Jack? - Isn't he back? - No.
Call his mobile.
Jack? Jack? Jack? (Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
) Hi, Jack.
Give us a bell as soon as you get this message, will you? Cheers, mate.
I just presumed he'd be in his room.
He hasn't been home since school.
- It's fine.
He'll be at some club and just forgotten to tell us.
- It's 7:30, Rob.
Rosie darling, do you want to lay the table? What if he's taken him? He won't take him.
He knows this house.
He knows where we live.
I'll call the police.
(Fuck!) Hello, mate.
What the fuck are you doing in my house? - What do you want? - Tom? It's all right, love! I'm just on the phone! How did you get in here? The back door was open.
I was worried about you, mate.
- I'm calling the police.
- No, no, Tom.
No need.
I'll go.
I'll go.
I just wanted to see you, mate.
And I wanted to ask you .
were you just fucking my wife, or did you kill her too? Tom? It's all right.
It's all right.
It's fine.
It's fine.
It's fine.