Compensation difficulty for MoJ victims
2nd January 2015
Lawyers have said that it will be even harder for victims of serious cases of miscarriages of justice to receive compensation after the Victor Nealon case has proven trying. The Ministry of Defence is refusing to compensate Nealon on the grounds that his innocence needs to be proved “beyond reasonable doubt”.
Those that hold lawyer jobs in the UK have warned that it might be even harder for miscarriage of justice victims to be awarded compensation from the government unless someone else is convicted of the crime of which they were accused. The Nealon case looks to prove this; although the MoJ victim has been released from prison, after serving a 17-year sentence for a now-proven false conviction of attempted rape, the real perpetrator is yet to be found.
The Ministry of Justice is declining to compensate as although new DNA evidence has proven Nealon, who served an added 10-year sentence as result of his continued protest of his innocence, did not commit the crime for which he was imprisoned, there is no automatic entitlement according to the Ministry of Justice in this article.
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