Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Simon Hall. UK. Criminal Cases Review Commission will consider his claim that he was carrying out a burglary elsewhere the day the body was found: (Conflicting forensic evidence - fibres - had been at issue in his unsuccessful appeal.) BBC News.

STORY:  "Joan Albert murder: Simon Hall's Ipswich burglary claim:  Claims by a convicted murderer that he was carrying out a burglary elsewhere on the day the body was found are to be considered by a review board," published by BBC News on January 30, 2013.

GIST: "Claims by a convicted murderer that he was carrying out a burglary elsewhere on the day the body was found are to be considered by a review board. Simon Hall, 35, is serving life for stabbing Joan Albert to death in Capel St Mary in 2001. Hall now claims he was stealing CD players from a shop in Ipswich six miles (10k) away and never told police. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) said it would consider the claim as part of its review of the case. Ms Albert was found with stab wounds at her home on 16 December 2001. Hall, a power company office worker from Ipswich, was 25 when he was jailed for life at Norwich Crown Court. Fresh review He denied murder and has continued to protest his innocence. The Court of Appeal heard his case in 2011, but upheld the conviction.  Hall's solicitor asked the CCRC to carry out a fresh review which it agreed to last year.........A CCRC spokesperson said: "The commission is aware of the new information that has come to light and it will be considered in our ongoing investigation into Mr Hall's case."

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Guardian story on Simon Hall's  2100 unsuccessful appeal:  "Judgment reserved in murder appeal as forensic evidence divides experts: Scientists split over fibres that prosecution says links jailed office worker to home of widow killed during break-in."



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