Sam Hallam Murder Appeal

Three judges are considering whether a man convicted of a Clerkenwell murder seven years ago was wrongly convicted.

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Sam Hallam gives first interview since his name was cleared

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.


Sam Hallam conviction is quashed

Sam Hallam leaves the Court of Appeal yesterday. Credit: ITN

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's mother: "Wrongs have finally been put right"

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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Sam Hallam freed on bail

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.

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