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No compensation for wrongful imprisonment

(Posted on 05/11/19)


In 2014, Danny Kay received a 4½-year prison sentence for rape.

In 2017, his conviction was quashed after the Court of Appeal ruled police had relied on an 'edited and misleading' account of Facebook conversations provided by his complainant. Kay's sister-in-law Sarah Madison (pictured with him) found the messages that cleared him after just a minute searching online, supporting his claim that sex had been consensual.

Now, Kay has joined Victor Nealon and Sam Hallam in being denied compensation by the Ministry of Justice.

“We regret to inform you that the Secretary of State for Justice has concluded that you are not entitled to compensation under the statutory scheme," the MoJ's letter reads.

“The Secretary of State for Justice has concluded that the conviction was not reversed as a result of a new or newly discovered fact that shows beyond reasonable doubt that you did not commit the offence.”

“The whole thing nearly ruined my life,” Kay told The Mail on Sunday. “If the evidence was good enough to overturn my conviction, why isn't it good enough to reward me compensation?”

Kay is considering a judicial review but will be aware that Nealon & Hallam lost their Supreme Court case against the MoJ at the beginning of this year and have since applied to the European Court of Human Rights.