Hallam: 'So glad to be home'

Sam Hallam who has had his conviction for murder quashed after seven years in jail has exclusively told ITV London Tonight he is "still in shock but I’m just so happy to be home." His mother has said "a lot of people let him down.”

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Actor hits out at "outrageous miscarriage of justice"

Actor Ray Winstone criticised the police and demanded answers after 24-year-old Sam Hallam walked free from the Court of Appeal today, having spent more than 6 years in jail for a murder he always denied.

Winstone has been campaigning for Hallam since he was jailed in 2005 for the murder of 21-year-old Essayas Kassahun. Speaking outside court today Winstone said:

So why did an innocent man serve seven years? For me it is the disgraceful unprofessional action of the police involved in this case.

Action that has caused a terrible stress within the family of the Hallams.

In a statement released this evening he continued:

Someone must answer for this outrageous miscarriage of justice. A young man lost his life. His family will never get over that. The killer is out there because the police involved in this case did not do their job. Who will answer for this miscarriage of justice?

Sam Hallam freed on bail from the Court of Appeal

24-year-old Sam Hallam was released from the Court of Appeal today, more than six years after being jailed for a crime he says he never committed. Today in court the prosecution said they would not fight his appeal.

His lawyers told the court there had been a "serious miscarriage of justice" and that he should never have been imprisoned.

Hallam was convicted of murdering Essayas Kassahun, a trainee chef found stabbed to death in Clerkenwell in London. Lady Justice Hallet said the court would give its full ruling tomorrow. Ronke Philips reports.

Sam Hallam walks free after more than 6 years in jail

Sam Hallam leaving the Court of Appeal with his mother Wendy today. Credit: ITN

24-year-old Sam Hallam was freed on bail from the Court of Appeal in London today, after prosecutors announced they would not oppose his appeal against conviction.

Hallam was 18-years-old when he was convicted of the murder of 21-year-old trainee chef Essayas Kassahun, who died after being attacked by a group of youths in Clerkenwell, London in 2004.

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".

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