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Wife's bail plea over Ipswich murder appeal

14 July 10 20:11
Simon Hall

The wife of a man who is waiting for an appeal hearing into his murder conviction has called for a court date or for her husband to be bailed.

Simon Hall, 32, from Ipswich in Suffolk, was jailed for life in 2003 for murdering Joan Albert, 79, of Capel St Mary.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) referred the case to the Court of Appeal in October 2009.

Stephanie Hall said she has been told a hearing is unlikely before October.

Mrs Hall said: "Every day is a day Simon is not going to get back."

"He should be entitled to bail. He should be freed as soon as possible."

Fresh forensic analysis

She said a £50,000 surety has been raised for Mr Hall's bail by the campaign group Justice4Kevin Nunn - a group campaigning against Suffolk man Kevin Nunn's 2006 conviction for the murder of Dawn Walker.

In October last year a CCRC spokesman said the referral to the Appeal Court of Mr Hall's case was based on "fresh forensic analysis of fibre samples taken from the crime scene and other locations during the original police investigation".

The spokesman said the CCRC "believes that new forensic evidence is capable of undermining key forensic evidence... and therefore raises the real possibility that the court would quash the murder conviction".

In an e-mail sent to the appeal court, Mrs Hall said: "It has been brought to our attention that the earliest Simon's appeal may be heard is October 2010.

"Whilst we appreciate that the appeal courts operate on a skeletal basis during the summer recess, and only the most urgent of cases are heard during this time, we consider Simon's case to fall into this category."

She added: "In the interest of justice we are asking that Simon's appeal is heard at the earliest possible opportunity."

Jurors at Mr Hall's trial were told that fingerprints, footprints and DNA evidence found at the scene of the murder did not match his.

But fibres from a pair of black trousers, in his car and in a cupboard at his parent's home, linked him to the murder, Crown lawyers alleged.

Hall has always maintained he had nothing to do with the stabbing of Mrs Albert in December 2001.

He appealed unsuccessfully against his conviction in April 2004.

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