St Albans crime lawyer, David Wells has been working with award-winning crime investigator, Mark Williams-Thomas, in Kuala Lumpur to uncover the truth surrounding the death of 18-year-old model Ivana Smit.
Local police said the death in December 2017 of Dutch model Ivana, who fell from the 20th floor of an apartment block, was an accident and no charges have been filed in respect of her death. Ivana’s family were unconvinced and arranged for an independent post mortem to be carried out and hired Mark Thomas-Williams.
Mark Williams-Thomas, who famously exposed Jimmy Savile’s crimes in a TV documentary, turned to leading criminal lawyer David Wells, of Wells Burcombe, for assistance. David Wells has dealt with some of the UK’s most high-profile cases and is a leading specialist in criminal appeals and miscarriages of justice and is involved with Mark in trying to help solve a number of unsolved deaths both here in the UK and internationally.
Williams-Thomas and Wells travelled to Kuala Lumpur to review the tragic case of Ivana. They advised of a second post mortem report which concluded that Ivana may have been dead before she fell. She was noted to have bruising to her upper arms consistent with, but not conclusive of, having been man-handled. Their review was extensive. CCTV footage showed Ivana being carried from a club by the owner of the apartment from which she fell. Following the review, Williams-Thomas and Wells presented a full report to the Malaysian and Dutch authorities. Williams-Thomas said,
“We are in a position to say very clearly that if this was being dealt with in the UK it would be being treated as a homicide investigation.”
David Wells comments,
“It was very interesting to work with Mark on this sensitive case as he shares my passion for uncovering the truth. He has a tenacious and meticulous approach and is not afraid to take on the establishment.”
Williams-Thomas and Wells have subsequently joined forces to investigate and review several cases of potential miscarriages of justice, together with reviewing a number of deaths in suspicious circumstances.