Suffolk

New bid to clear man convicted of murdering Suffolk pensioner

Simon and Stephanie Hall
Image caption Hall's wife Stephanie has been fighting to clear his name

Campaigners fighting to clear a Suffolk man convicted of murdering a pensioner are seeking new witnesses on the 10th anniversary of the killing.

Simon Hall, 33, of Ipswich, was jailed for life in 2003 for stabbing Joan Albert, 79. He lost an appeal in January.

On Friday, Hall's wife Stephanie is going to Capel St Mary where the murder took place to seek new witnesses.

Mrs Hall and other supporters will be talking to village residents.

Mrs Hall said there was a "real possibility" that residents may have information that would help clear Hall's name.

'New evidence'

She and other campaign supporters will also be handing out leaflets.

Hall was found guilty in 2003 of stabbing Mrs Albert at her Capel St Mary home in December 2001.

In November Mrs Hall met with the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to discuss "compelling fresh evidence".

Three appeal court judges in January 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.

During the appeal, forensic expert Tiernan Coyle said his research cast doubt on fibre evidence - the only forensic link between Hall and the crime scene. But the Forensic Science Service stood by its findings.

Suffolk Police has refused to comment on developments in the case. A spokeswoman said the original investigation was extensive, involving more than 20 detectives.

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