Man freed as murder conviction is quashed
A YOUNG man who spent seven years in jail for a murder he has always denied committing walked free at the Court of Appeal yesterday after his conviction was described as a "serious miscarriage of justice".
There were dramatic scenes as Sam Hallam (24), from east London, was released on unconditional bail after the prosecution said it would not oppose an appeal against his 2005 conviction for the killing of trainee chef Essayas Kassahun (21).
As Mr Hallam stood in the dock, his supporters cheered and wept as Lady Justice Hallett said he was free to go.
The ruling, which is expected to quash his murder conviction, will be handed down today.