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Compensation bid likely

PUBLISHED: 19:00 19 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

FLANKED by members of his family, jubilant Adrian Bradshaw left Norwich Crown Court and greeted the nation's media with the relief of a man who has been to hell and back.

FLANKED by members of his family, jubilant Adrian Bradshaw left Norwich Crown Court and greeted the nation's media with the relief of a man who has been to hell and back.

However his legal representative Simon Nicholls of Bellmore Solicitors said there was now a possibility Mr Bradshaw would be seeking compensation after he had spent a year in prison awaiting trial.

The 27-year-old hugged his mother outside the court after he was freed.

Paying tribute to the support shown by his family, friends and legal team, Mr Bradshaw, a Felixstowe freesheet owner said that he had never doubted the jury would find him innocent.

"I just want to take this opportunity to thank Bellmores Solicitors, my friends and family and girlfriend who have stood by me and not doubted me for a second," he said.

Hugging his mother Sylvia Scott-Laws, Mr Bradshaw said that he was particularly pleased.

"12 normal members of the public had taken less than two hours to reach their verdict. I had confidence in myself I did not commit this crime, I am innocent and the jury did the right thing," he said.

And he extended his sympathies to Vicky Hall's family before declining to comment further and walking away from the press pack.

Mr Nicholls of Bellmores Solicitors added this statement:

"Two and a quarter years ago this investigation started. Eighteen months ago Adrian Bradshaw was first spoken to about this matter. He has spent a year of his life in prison come Christmas and a jury took just over an hour to unanimously acquit him.

"It vindicates the fact that he has always protested his innocence and now after a long and traumatic period in his life justice has very clearly be done. He is pleased a jury has found his innocence as it means that 12 ordinary people felt it did not warrant more than an hour to reach a conclusion."

Mr Nicholls hinted at the possibility of further legal action to compensate Mr Bradshaw. He said : "I cannot comment on the Suffolk Police investigation, but our legal team will reflect on the correctness of the investigation.

"Adrian Bradshaw will be taking advice. At the end of the day in such a high profile murder case the jury took just over one hour to find him not guilty. That means the whole process must be looked at to see whether there could have been a potential miscarriage of justice if the jury found the other way."

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