Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Another miscarriage of justice

Sean Hodgson has been released from prison after 27 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. He's one of the longest serving prisoners in the penal system, is mentally ill and DNA evidence was used to clear his name.

The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) ruled that his conviction was unsafe and should be quashed after the case had been urgently referred to court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Hodgson was suposed to have had DNA tests many years ago. Unbelievably, when he asked for DNA tests in 1988 he was told no DNA material had been kept!

Recently he saw this advert (right) and thought he'd give it one last try. Bet he's glad he did!

Read about the background to this here.

The Times archive shows how they originally reported the case here.

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