Innocent Sam Hallam walked away from court a free man after his murder conviction was quashed earlier today.Read the full story ›
Hallam, who wrongly sent to prison for seven years, has spoken to ITV London Tonight in his first sit-down interview since his release.Read the full story ›
Sam Hallam told London Tonight how he felt after being released from prison yesterday. The 24 year-old spent seven and half years in jail for a murder he did commit.
See more of this exclusive interview on London Tonight at 6pm and ITV News at 6.30.
Paul May, who ran the release campaign for Hallam's family, read out a statement on Sam Hallam's behalf shorty after his murder conviction was quashed.
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Hallam said that everything was unfair.
The whole system, the whole police process, the court process. Obviously it was not fair. Everything was not right.
The original police investigation was not done properly. They could have done things then to eliminate me but they never...
...It was horrible. I had to get used to it. I couldn't do anything. It was only, it was only my supporters and family who could help.
Sam Hallam, who spent more than seven years behind bars for a murder he insists he did not commit, said after his conviction was quashed by High Court judges today:
"I don't want anyone else ever to suffer what I've been through."
Sam Hallam's conviction was overturned in the light of fresh evidence relating to his alibi and identification.
His case came before the appeal judges after it was referred to the court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the independent body which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.
His QC Henry Blaxland told the judges yesterday that Sam Hallam has been the victim of:
"A serious miscarriage of justice brought about by a combination of manifestly unreliable identification evidence, the apparent failure of his own alibi, failure by police properly to investigate his alibi and non-disclosure by the prosecution of material that could have supported his case."
Sam Hallam, 24, from east London, who spent more than seven years behind bars for a murder he insists he did not commit, had his conviction quashed by Court of Appeal judges today.
Mr Hallam, who was convicted at the Old Bailey in 2005 of the murder of a trainee chef and sentenced to life, was dramatically released on bail by the three judges yesterday after prosecutors said they were not opposing his appeal.
There was tumultuous applause and shouts of "justice" as the conviction was quashed.
Sam Hallam's family are in court en masse for his appeal judgement - right down to his youngest cousin, aged three, who has never known him free.
Sam's family told me on his first night out of prison what he most wanted was pie and mash, and to be able to walk to the shops.
Judges were told yesterday that Mr Hallam was the victim of a "serious miscarriage of justice".
Sam Hallam is expected to have his 2005 conviction for murder quashed today. Here's how that 'miscarriage of justice' unfolded.Read the full story ›