Police to review case after town man is freed

By Ian Dipple Friday 20 December 2013 Updated: 23/12 10:03

POLICE are to conduct a review of the case of a Redditch postman who served almost 17 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of attempted rape.

Victor Nealon was freed from jail last Friday (December 13) hours after his conviction for attacking a 22-year-old outside a nightclub was quashed by the Court of Appeal. He has already called for the case to be re-opened to ensure justice for the victim.

Det Supt Adrian McGee, of West Mercia Police, said: "We have been in touch with the victim to ensure she is kept up to date and in the light of today’s developments at the Court of Appeal we will be reviewing the case.

"We are currently waiting for papers from the Crown Prosecution Service and Criminal Cases Review Commission so that we can make a full assessment of all the information and evidence available."

Mr Nealon was sentenced to life imprisonment in January, 1997 with a minimum term of seven years.

Because he has always insisted he was innocent he has never been considered for release.

An appeal against his conviction failed in 1998, as did two further applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

In 2008 Mark Newby of QualitySolicitors Jordans took on the case and undertook a re-examination of the original exhibits.

It resulted in a number of findings including the fact the exhibits had not been subject to previous formal testing, which suggested the information presented to the court was misleading.

Crucially it also revealed DNA evidence relating to an unknown man, while no DNA from Mr Nealon was found.

The CCRC independently evaluated the case and the court eventually agreed to hear the appeal and will give reasons in the new year as to why the conviction was quashed.

In a statement on Quality Solicitors Jordans website the firm said: "Searching questions are required over the original police enquiry and why these exhibits were not tested at the time."

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