Anguish of murder victim's family

JOAN Albert's family today told of their anguish over a documentary which casts doubts on Simon Hall's murder conviction.As reported in yesterday's Evening Star, tomorrow's Rough Justice Special follows law students from Bristol University's Innocence Project looking at the main forensic evidence in the case.

JOAN Albert's family today told of their anguish over a documentary which casts doubts on Simon Hall's murder conviction.

As reported in yesterday's Evening Star, tomorrow's Rough Justice Special follows law students from Bristol University's Innocence Project looking at the main forensic evidence in the case.

However, despite new expert tests on glass and fibres, Mrs Albert's relatives expressed their disappointment over the making of the documentary.

Images in the programme show the murder weapon and film of the kitchen of Mrs Albert's home in Boydlands, Capel St Mary, where she was found dead on December 16, 2001.


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Hall, formerly of Hill House Road, Ipswich, has always maintained he did not kill the 79-year-old who was stabbed 12 times.

Today Mrs Albert's niece Glynis Dzundza, of Ipswich, said: “We have seen the programme and want to let people know that we are being considered. However, having seen it, it proves nothing. I realise the Innocence Project is continuing, but there are things in the programme that are discrepancies from what was said in court.

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“It is not our job to defend this, but it is our job to defend our family, which once again, is going through hell with this getting dragged up.

“While I can understand Mrs Hall (Hall's mother) in her fight for her son, no one can imagine the impact of seeing the murder weapon and my aunt's kitchen turned upside down after the murder. It just makes us feel so sad and empty.”

Hall's mother Lynne said she was pleased the programme put her son's conviction in the national spotlight.

Mrs Hall, of Capel St Mary, said: “I think the film presents a powerful image of Simon's dilemma in having to fight a system that, I believe, does not allow or recognise miscarriages of justice and how they affect the people involved in fighting his case.

"I feel it begins to show the faults and cracks in the evidence that convicted him."

The Innocents' Brief: A Rough Justice Special will be shown on BBC 1 tomorrow at 10.35pm.

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