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.”

Live updates


Hallam: "Whole system was unfair"

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.


Hallam was victim of 'serious miscarriage of justice'

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's conviction quashed after serving seven years for murder

Sam Hallam, 24, leaving the Court of Appeal with his mother after he was freed on bail yesterday. Credit: Mike Hornby/PA Wire

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.

  1. Romilly Weeks, ITV News correspondent

Hallam and family await murder conviction appeal judgement

Sam Hallam, now 24, was released on bail yesterday after prosecutors announced they were not opposing his conviction challenge. Credit: Hallam family

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".

Load more updates Back to top

Latest ITV News reports