British magician and hypnotist hopes to make Rupert Murdoch’s Fake Sheikh related criminal convictions disappear

Magical entertainer Alex William Smith, who is also known as celebrity hypnotherapist Jonathan Royle and who has been fighting for justice for almost 24 years in his quest to have his two fake sheikh Mazher Mahmood News of the World “sting story” related convictions overturned, has had his application to appeal both of his convictions out of time (CAO REF:201503661B2) rejected by the three judges (Carr LJ, Picken and Wall JJ) at the Courts of Appeal within the Royal Courts of Justice in London, England on Friday 21 January 2022.

Royle, aged 46, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England who acted as a litigant in person but was, thanks to help from the Legal Charity Advocate, kindly represented in court by barristers James Manning and his assistant Hamish McCallum of Nexus Chambers looked visibly shocked and upset when the judges gave their decision not to allow him to appeal his convictions out of time.

Royle said: “This is by no means the end as with all the extremely strong witness statements and evidence that I have collected over the past couple of years, I am confident that when I submit my case to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) that they will ultimately refer me back to the Court of Appeal so that my new evidence can be heard and considered fully.”

Royle added: “Sadly last week it seems the three judges at the Court of Appeal, despite acknowledging that I had gathered a substantial amount of evidence of dishonesty and the use of arguably illegal methods by the former News of the World reporter Mazher Mahmood (aka the Fake Sheikh), concluded that this was somehow not relevant to my case or circumstances and this contributed to them rejecting my application to allow me to appeal out of time against my convictions which I received in 1999 at Manchester Crown Court as a result of an April 1998 story in the now shut down News of the World newspaper.”

Royle maintains his position that he was indeed a victim of Mazher Mahmood and his team’s alleged entrapment, manipulation and intimidation techniques.

Royle claims that the modus operandi used with him was almost identical to that used with scores of other victims including British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos whose drugs-related court case following a Mahmood Sting Article famously collapsed in 2014.

This ultimately led to Mahmood going on trial himself and in October 2016 he was jailed for 15 months for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in the Tulisa Contostavlos case.

Royle has been fighting for justice both for himself and other victims for almost 24 years now and the results of his extensive research can be seen by all on his website.