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Wrongly Convicted Man Receives £2.5m Compensation

(Posted on 10/02/21)

Wrongly Convicted Man Receives £2.5m Compensation

A Polish man who served 18 years for a rape and murder he did not commit has been awarded 12.8m zloty (£2.5m) in compensation by a court. 

Tomasz Komenda had been sentenced to 25 years in jail in 2004 for the rape and murder of Malgorzata Kwiatkowska. The 15-year-old’s body was found frozen outside a club after a New Year’s Eve party in 1996 in the village of Miloszyce near the city of Wroclaw.

In March 2018 he had cried tears of relief and buried his face in his hands as a panel of judges declared him innocent after a review of previous evidence using new forensic tests proved he could not have committed the crimes for which he was accused. 

This week as he left the court Mr Komenda, now 44 years old, told reporters: "I can just go out and never come back here again. The prison doors closed behind me on very large locks. I will finally start to live as I should live from the beginning and never appear in this place."

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