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Innocent postman wrongly jailed over attempted rape DENIED compensation over 17 years in jail

31 Jan 2019, 15:56 ... r-15755958

Victor Nealon served more than double his minimum term because he maintained he was not guilty

A postman who served 17 years for an attempted rape he did not commit has lost his bid for compensation.

Victor Nealon was convicted in 1997 of the attempted rape of a woman in Redditch.

But the Dublin postie, in his 50s, always maintained his innocence and was set free in 2013 after appeal judges ruled fresh evidence made his convictions unsafe.

He spent 17 years behind bars – more than the seven-year minimum term he was handed – because he insisted he was innocent.

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On Wednesday, he took his battle for compensation to the UK Supreme Court after previous defeats at the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

But, by a majority of five to two, seven Supreme Court justices dismissed his appeal.

Mr Nealon had argued the refusal to award him compensation was incompatible with his human rights. He launched his legal bid together with Londoner Sam Hallam, who was convicted of a 2005 murder he did not commit.

Mr Hallam served more than seven years after receiving a life sentence as a teenager the murder of a trainee chef – but his conviction was quashed in 2012.

Both had initial applications for compensation rejected by the Justice Secretary.

Speaking after the court’s ruling, Mr Hallam said: “I was released from the Court of Appeal in 2012 having spent seven-and-a-half years in prison for a crime of which I am completely innocent.

“In 2019, I am still having to fight to prove my innocence. This is a very disappointing decision. My lawyers will look at an appeal, or what I can do next.”

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