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Mum wrongly jailed for killing son loses compensation case

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A mother, originally from Derbyshire, who has fought for compensation after she was wrongly jailed for killing her son has lost her case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Lorraine Allen was jailed for three years in 2000 after a jury found her guilty of the manslaughter of her four-month-old son, Patrick.

A child born while she was serving that sentence was taken away from her and placed for adoption.

However, this conviction was quashed in 2005 after fresh expert evidence was put forward.

Ms Allen, who lives in Scarborough, applied for compensation but this was refused by the Home Secretary. It was argued her claim did not meet the statutory criteria.

She took her claim to the ECHR in Strasbourg, which today ruled that the Government's compensation decision did not breach her right to the presumption of innocence.

The judges found unanimously that there had been no violation of Article 6 (presumption of innocence) of the ECHR.

The court found that UK judges properly considered whether any miscarriage of justice had taken place and concluded that this had not been established beyond reasonable doubt.

The court said: "The language used by the UK courts in their decisions to decide on compensation had not undermined Ms Allen's acquittal or treated her in a manner inconsistent with her innocence."

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