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Capel St Mary killer Simon Hall’s 10-day inquest to take place in June

19:15 28 January 2016

Simon Hall

Simon Hall

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A Suffolk murderer’s inquest is scheduled to take place over 10 days in June.

Simon Hall stabbed 79-year-old Joan Albert to death in her home in Boydlands, Capel St Mary on December 16, 2001.

The 36-year-old, formerly of Hill House Road, Ipswich, was found dead in his cell at HMP Wayland, near Thetford, at 5.25am on February 23, 2014.

Hall’s inquest had been expected to take place late last year but was adjourned at the request of his widow due to ill-health.

The Norfolk Coroner’s office has confirmed the inquest is set to begin on June 13 in Norwich.

It will be held before a jury while being presided over by Senior Coroner for Norfolk Jacqueline Lake.

Hall had fought a high-profile campaign to clear his name after being convicted of murdering Mrs Albert, who was a widow.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment by Norwich Crown Court in February 2003.

Hall continued to claim he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice and spent 11 years denying he was a killer.

His attempt to overturn his conviction was the subject of a BBC Rough Justice programme, and also a failed appeal at the High Court.

However Hall was overheard to confess his guilt in 2013 when he was an inmate at Hollesley Bay prison.

When confronted he finally admitted he had murdered Mrs Albert.

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