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?
Innocent Sam Hallam walked away from court a free man after his murder conviction was quashed earlier today.
Hallam, who wrongly sent to prison for seven years, has spoken to ITV London Tonight in his first sit-down interview since his release.
Sam Hallam is expected to have his 2005 conviction for murder quashed today. Here's how that 'miscarriage of justice' unfolded.