Compensation refusal "flawed"

A man who spent eight years behind bars for murder in Grimsby before being freed by the Court of Appeal in 2009 has won the right to have his compensation case reconsidered.

Ian Lawless was jailed for life in 2002 after confessing to the murder of retired sea captain Alf Wilkins on the Yarborough estate.

His conviction was later ruled unsafe after fresh medical evidence revealed he had a "pathological need for attention".

Judges at the High Court ruled that in his case the decision to refuse compensation was legally flawed and must be reconsidered in the light of their judgment.

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