Hearing scheduled for next week to discuss scope of Capel St Mary murderer Simon Hall’s full inquest

Simon Hall

Simon Hall - Credit: Contributed

A hearing is due to take place next week to discuss the scope of Capel St Mary murderer Simon Hall’s full inquest.

Hall was found hanging in his cell by a prison officer at HMP Wayland, near Thetford, early on February 23 last year.

The 36-year-old, formerly of Hill House Road, Ipswich, finally confessed to killing 79-year-old Joan Albert in summer of 2013 after an 11-year fight to clear his name.

Hall and his supporters had conducted a high-profile campaign to overturn his 2003 Norwich Crown Court conviction for stabbing Mrs Albert to death at her home in Boydlands, Capel St Mary.

The widow was found in the hallway of her home on December 16, 2001. She had been stabbed five times.

Hall was arrested in 2012 but had always denied the murder until admitting it during a phone call made while he was at Hollesley Bay open prison.

A pre-inquest hearing is due to take place at Norfolk Coroner’s Court in Thorpe Road, Norwich, on May 14.

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The hearing has been called by senior coroner Jacqueline Lake.

It is due to involve witnesses, organisations and any legal representatives who may be involved at Hall’s full inquest for which a date is also likely to be set.

Following his death Hall’s wife Stephanie said she believed her husband was not able to live with himself after confessing to killing Mrs Albert.

During his time at Hollesley Bay he been taken to Ipswich Hospital in what was said to have been a life-threatening condition.

Hall had claimed his conviction was a miscarriage of justice and launched a series of appeals, winning the backing of MPs, appearing in the BBC documentary Rough Justice and submitting two applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to consider his case.

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