UK Court quashes murder conviction

| 16/06/2009

(BBC): A man who has spent eight years in prison for murder has won an appeal against his conviction. Ian Lawless, 47, was jailed for life in 2002 after confessing to the murder of retired sea captain Alf Wilkins on the Yarborough estate in Grimsby. Judges at the Court of Appeal ruled that his conviction was unsafe after hearing fresh medical evidence about his mental condition at the time. Mr Lawless said he felt "ecstatic" after he was released. His solicitor, Mark Newby said the case highlighted the dangers of vulnerable people being pushed through the court process "without putting the necessary safeguards in place".

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