Innocent Londoner Jailed For 7 Years Seeks Compensation At Supreme Court

NewsflarePublished: May 8, 2018
Published: May 8, 2018

An innocent man who served more than seven years in prison for a crime he did not commit today started an appeal for compensation at the Supreme Court in London.

Sam Hallam was just 17-years old when he was wrongfully convicted for murder trainee chef who died after being stabbed in 2005 and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2012 he was released after it was found police had failed to disclose evidence that proved Hallam was not at the scene of the murder.

Hallam found prison very hard. He just hated it when he first got there. But having to serve such a long jail sentence, he was forced to adapt to his new environment. He tried not to dwell on what happened to him or fear the coming of the new day.

Nowadays Hallam is doing a lot better. He went through a period of depression. Understandably, it is very hard to deal with what he has gone through. Despite all, Hallam managed to start a family.

Today was his third attempt at seeking compensation after two previous attempts heard at the Royal Courts of Justice. Hallam was surrounded by family and supporters as he entered the Supreme Court this morning, including Patrick Hill, one of the Birmingham Six, a group of men wrongfully imprisoned for the infamous pub bombings.

Taken together, their cases expose a dreadful list of blunders made by the criminal justice system. Astonishingly, the Ministry of Justice has refused the two men compensation.

The sound bites are from Paul McLaughlin from campaign group Miscarriages of Justice Organization.

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