NYC offers £24m to men wrongly convicted of rape

Five men who were wrongly convicted of the brutal rape and beating of a jogger in New York's Central Park have had a £24 million settlement approved by officials in the city.

People relax in New York's Central Park Credit: Reuters

As teenagers the men were found guilty in 1989 of attacking a woman who had gone for a run, but their convictions were overturned in 2002 when evidence revealed someone else, acting alone had committed the crime.

By then, they had served six to 13 years in prison.

Announcing the settlement, which still has to be approved by a federal judge, New York's Comptroller Scott Stringer said it "closes a very difficult chapter" in the city's history.