From ‘The Justice Gap’ – an introduction to the Victor Nealon case, a grotesque miscarriage of justice.
This morning the High Court rejected challenges by Victor Nealon and Sam Hallam in their miscarriage of justice test case for compensation for 24 lost years served in prison before having their convictions quashed.
- Victor Nealon spent 17 years in prison for attempted rape before his conviction was quashed on the basis of a DNA. His conviction was quashed in December 2013 after DNA pointed to another man as the attack. You can read an interview with Nealon by Jon Robins here
- Sam Hallam was jailed in 2005 for life with a minimum term of 12 years in connection with the murder of Essayas Kassahun in 2004. In May 2012, appeal judges decided the conviction was unsafe. You can read an interview with Hallam here
‘The most damaging aspect of the prison system isn’t being with violent people but the state ideology that says if you don’t conform you are never going to be released. That was what was so damaging. If I had not overturned my conviction I would still be classified as “a denier”.’
‘There has to be some recognition of what happened. Everyone just shrugged their shoulders and said, “Well, you’re out now. You should just be happy.”‘
Sam Hallam’s girlfriend Renee
‘This is a sad day for justice and the presumption of innocence. We hope the Court of Appeal will overturn this judgement. Sam Hallam’s wrongful conviction was examined in meticulous detail by the CCRC in a three year inquiry, and Thames Valley Police in a fifteen month investigation. Not a shred of evidence was uncovered to place him at the murder scene, while no less than 37 witnesses were identified at the scene, none of whom saw Sam Hallam. The callous refusal of the Ministry of Justice to compensate this innocent man is truly shameful.’
Paul May, chair of the Sam Hallam campaign
‘Today is not a good day for justice’
Mark Newby, Victor Nealon’s solicitor
To read more of this important case please visit: http://thejusticegap.com/2015/06/today-is-not-a-good-day-for-justice/