Suffolk

Convicted killer Simon Hall's wife hopes for second murder appeal

  • 5 November 2011
  • From the section Suffolk
Simon and Stephanie Hall
Hall's wife Stephanie has been fighting to clear his name

The wife of a man convicted of killing an elderly woman near Ipswich hopes new evidence could lead to a second appeal.

Simon Hall was found guilty in 2003 of stabbing Joan Albert, 79, at her Capel St Mary home two years earlier.

An appeal to overturn the conviction which cast doubt on the reliability of fibre evidence was rejected in January.

Stephanie Hall said she was meeting with the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in mid-November to discuss "compelling fresh evidence".

Mrs Hall said: "We are hopeful that a fresh application will be accepted and promptly reviewed following on from this meeting, in order to get Simon back to the appeal courts in the very near future."

She did not disclose the nature of the new evidence.

Three appeal court judges earlier rejected an appeal, saying there was no reason to doubt the safety of the conviction.

The trial was told fibres found at Mrs Albert's home had linked Hall to the scene. Hall denied murder and has continued to protest his innocence.

Suffolk Police refused to make a comment about the latest developments in the case. A spokeswoman said the original investigation was extensive, involving more than 20 detectives.

Mrs Albert's family have said in the past they were devastated by her murder and wanted to put it behind them.

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