Raphael Rowe is a journalist turned prisoner who was accused and convicted of murdering hairdresser Peter Hurburgh. His court case does not end there as it was overturned at the Court of Appeal.
Many call him a career criminal who had previous convictions but has always maintained that he is innocent. Read all you need to know about the journalist and his crimes.
Age, Birthday Or Date of Birth
Rowe was born around 1968 and is around 52 years old as of 2020. He grew up in southeast London where he was also born.
He has Jamaican roots as his dad was from Jamaica and his mother is from London. He has 3 older sisters.
Raphael Rowe Wife and Married Life
Is Raphael married? The journalist has not revealed any information regarding his wife, he may be single in 2020.
Raphael Rowe’s Facial Scar
The journalist has a scar on his face that according to users on Reddit was from a prison fight.
In addition to the scar on his face, he also has a long scar on his upper thigh.
His Net Worth
Raphael Rowe has an estimated net worth of around $700,000 in 2020. He gathered this fortune from a career in journalism.
According to PayScale, the average salary for an employee at BBC is around £36,000.
He Hosts Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons
The journalist has a show on Netflix that takes deep dives into the prison system and tries to expose the flaws, his own first-hand experience with incarceration comes in really handy for him on the show.
He Was Convicted Of Murder
Three men including Raphael Rowe were charged and arrested for the murder of Peter Hurburgh and violent robberies along the M25.
Among the 3 men accused, Rowe had been identified by the other two and was put in jail. He always said that he was innocent.
Rowe’s Conviction Was Deemed Wrongful, 12 years Later
After the then-19-year-old was convicted and put in jail in 1988 for the murder and robberies, he and the other 2 men accused of the crimes appeared in court.
Their appeal was heard and 12 years later the Court of Appeals overturned their sentence saying that their conviction was wrong.
He was originally sentenced to life, but served from 1988 to 2000.
The Police Allegedly Conspired With Prosecutors
According to the journalist, he was rescued by the BBC Rough Justice program who investigated into his case and found evidence that Surrey police had conspired with the prosecutors.
This evidence was eventually used in the case of his appeal. In 1998 at the time of his arrest, the cops had just bottled another case and had to let the Guildford Four.
The BBC even alleged that Norman Duncan was paid £10,000 to present false evidence for the prosecution.
Eyewitness Accounts Differed From The People Brought Into Court
The victims that gave statements all sadi that there were two white guys and 1 black guy that robed them.
Even Alan Eley, the partner of the murder victim said that there were two white guys and a Black guy but 3 black people were brought into court.
He Frequently Got Into Legal Trouble Before His Arrest
Rowe said that he frequently was on the wrong side of the law, he was even expelled from school.
At age 17, he was arrested for robbery and put in a Young Offenders Institute where he spent 10 months. After this, he tried to straighten out and learn journalism when he was arrested and subsequently put in prison for 12 years.
Rowe Is A BBC Journalist And Motivational Speaker
After getting out of prison, he started working with the BBC as a journalist. He worked for BBC 5 Live and made a living as a journalist.
He has gone all around the world, speaking about his experiences and advocating the reform of the prison system in the UK.