Mother of killer Luke Mitchell to join city justice march

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THE mother of Luke Mitchell is set to join the families of suspected murder victims from across Scotland on a "justice" march down Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Corinne Mitchell, 48, will take part in the Silent Walk for Justice next week as she continues to protest her son's innocence of the murder of schoolgirl Jodi Jones.

She even plans to take along the family's German Shepherd dog, Mia – which Mitchell claimed had led him to Jodi's body – complete with a specially-made "No Justice" coat.

Mrs Mitchell today insisted she had been invited to take part in the event, which culminates in a silent vigil outside the Scottish Parliament. Organisers hope more than 100 families will take part.

"I was asked to take part, and I will be walking silently down the Royal Mile with the others who have suffered from miscarriages of justice," she said.

"It is something I think should be highlighted."

She added: "I don't think I would have been asked to take part in the event if the organisers felt my case would overshadow the point of the walk.

"I am there like everyone else to represent people who have suffered a miscarriage of justice."

Mitchell, now 20, was ordered to serve at least 20 years in jail after being found guilty in 2005 of killing his 14-year-old girlfriend. Her mutilated body was found near her home in Dalkeith in June, 2003.

Mitchell lost an appeal against his conviction in May this year, but he is due back in court next month to appeal his sentence.

Mrs Mitchell revealed her son now had a new lawyer and was prepared to take the fight to clear his name to the European Court of Human Rights.

"It is hard – you have to live with this every day and no-one can possibly know what it feels like," she added.

Marchers taking part in the event are expected to meet at Edinburgh Castle Esplanade before being led down the Royal Mile by a lone piper to the Scottish Parliament.

There, they will all place pictures of their loved ones, and light candles, before holding a minute's silence.

They are also hoping to meet Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill, to hand over information on their cases.

The event has been organised by Guje Borjesson, 54, who has been campaigning for justice over the death of her daughter Annie.

The 30-year-old, who had been working at the Scottish Whisky Heritage Centre on the Royal Mile, was found washed up on Prestwick beach in December 2004.

Police later said she had either taken her own life or died as the result of an accident, but her mother has refused to accept the findings and is pressing the authorities to reopen the case.

Annie's best friend, Maria Jansson, 41, said: "Our hope is that by coming together, helping each other, sharing knowledge and experiences, we can all learn something.

"The main issue is not for Annie, it is for all the people. We have only one focus, that the truth will come out and justice will be done."

The family of Kevin McLeod, who drowned in Wick Harbour in 1997, are among others taking part.

His mother June, 56, of Nicholson Street, Wick, said: "The more people that take part in the walk, the better.

"It's so sad that families have got to go to this extent to fight for justice.

"Every parent has their own thoughts about their loved ones and everybody knows their own child."