An east London man, who was jailed for murder in 2004, has had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal.
A man who was convicted of murder in 2005, has been freed on bail, in a dramatic hearing at the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal are hearing an appeal from Sam Hallam who was found guilty of murder seven years ago.
Sam Hallam spent seven years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit.
The 24 year old from Hoxton was jailed for 12 years in 2005 over the death of a chef in East London.
Today, a Judge quashed his murder conviction saying Sam had been a victim of a "serious miscarriage of justice".
Speaking for the first time since his name was cleared, Sam told our reporter Ronke Phillips, he was happy to be home.
A statement from Sam Hallam was read out outside the Court of Appeal by Paul May from his campaign team.
The Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of Sam Hallam for murder. He was jailed in 2005 for the killing of trainee chef Essayas Kassahun. However, at his appeal yesterday, the prosecution decided it could not contest his case against the conviction.
Sam Hallam, who spent 7 years in jail for a murder he did not commit, was said to be 'shocked' that he had been released. Yesterday, prosecutors at the Appeal Court said they would not contest the case against his conviction. His family spoke to Ronke Phillips outside court this morning.
24 year-old Sam Hallam is back in the Court of Appeal today to be formally cleared of killing a trainee chef in 2004. A 2008 case review found the officers handling the original investigation failed to check Sam's alibi. His barrister called it 'a serious miscarriage of justice'.
The mother of a man set free after seven years in prison says many wrongs have finally been put right. Wendy Cohen's son Sam Hallam from Hoxton had always denied murder, but was jailed for life when he was eighteen years old.
He was released yesterday on bail by the Court of Appeal when prosecution lawyers said they would not oppose his appeal. He hopes to have his conviction formally overturned today.
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When a trainee chef Essayas Kassahun was stabbed to death in Clerkenwell almost eight years ago, a teenager was found guilty of his murder, and sent to prison.
But tonight, having spent more than a quarter of his life behind bars, Sam Hallam is a free man.
He'd always protested his innocence. In fact, he claims he wasn't even in the area at the time of the killing.
His lawyers told the Court of Appeal today there had been a "serious miscarriage of justice."
The prosecution said they wouldn't fight the case, and the judge released him on bail.
Lady Justice Hallett said the court would give its ruling in the case tomorrow.
Ronke Phillips has the full, dramatic, story.