A man who was convicted of murder six and a half years ago, is to be freed on bail, after prosecutors announced they would not oppose his appeal against conviction.
Sam Hallam, 24, was present in the dock at the Court of Appeal in London for the dramatic turn of events.
There were cheers and tears in the public gallery as Lady Justice Hallett said the court would give its ruling in the case tomorrow, but that Hallam would be released on bail this afternoon.
Earlier, the court heard from his QC that Hallam was the victim of a "serious miscarriage of justice".
Hallam was 18 when he was sentenced to life in prison.
He was convicted of the murder of trainee chef Essayas Kassahun, 21, who died after being attacked by a group of youths on the St Luke's estate in Clerkenwell, London, in October 2004.
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Ria Chatterjee reports from the Court of Appeal where three judges are hearing whether Sam Hallam will have his conviction for murder ruled unsafe.
Patrick Maguire, who was wrongly convicted in 1975 for involvement in the Guildford pub bombings, has said he believes Sam Hallam should have his conviction overturned. Three Court of Appeal judges will decide if new evidence means that the prosecution case is unsafe.
The Court of Appeal are hearing an appeal from Sam Hallam who was found guilty of murder seven years ago.Read the full story ›