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16,899. A mentally-ill man who spent 27 years in jail for a murder he did not commit has been finally freed.
As 57-year-old Sean Hodgson declared himself ecstatic at the quashing of his conviction, it emerged that he could have been released ten years ago had it not been for further mistakes, this time by the Forensic Science Service.
Mr Hodgson was jailed after confessing to the 1979 murder of 22-year-old barmaid Teresa de Simone in Southampton. At the trial he was said by his own defence to be a pathological liar ...
But Dawn Burrows, one of his legal team, said it was likely the FSS will be sued to try to obtain more.
She added: ‘There is an issue about how culpable are the FSS. They could have done something about this ten years ago.’
The revelations about the forensic blunders came on a day of high drama.
Gaunt and frail, Mr Hodgson appeared overcome he walked to freedom through the court's front doors. (Murder & Miscarriage of Justice) Mail online article 19th March 2009
16,900. A man wrongfully jailed for 27 years for a murder he did not commit has died three years after being released from prison.
Sean Hodgson, 61, of County Durham, was jailed for the 1979 murder of Teresa De Simone, 22, in Southampton.
His conviction was quashed in 2009 after advances in DNA testing showed he was innocent and another man, now dead, was the likely killer.
Mr Hodgson was one of the UK’s longest serving miscarriage of justice victims. (Murder & Miscarriages of Justice) BBC online article 27th October 2012