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Man who was wrongfully jailed for 17 years is now broke and living in a tent

Written by on October 18, 2023

A man who was jailed for 17 years after being wrongly convicted of rape says he is now broke and living in a tent in Spain.Andrew Malkinson, then 37, was falsely convicted of raping a woman while working as a security guard in Salford, Greater Manchester, UK in 2003.The 57-year-old could have been released after six-and-a-half years if he had confessed to commiting the crime but he refused to plead guilty to a crime he didnt commit.  Malkinson was finally released in July 2023 after his conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal, after it was found that Greater Manchester Police had been withholding crucial information during his trial.After his release, he travelled to Amsterdam to stay close to an ex-partner, Karin Schuitemaker, who he said never lost faith in his innocence. He then set off on a road trip through Europe using a friends van, travelling through France and Portugal before landing in Seville, where he currently lives in a tent on a campsite.He says living in a tent allows him to enjoy the anonymity and nature, adding that he cannot bear to be in Britain.This horror will always be with me, he told BBC Breakfast. I just deal with it by using the mental resources Ive used to survive in prison. I am kind of at war with the authorities, Ive been that way since the day they kidnapped me. They lied, they distorted the truth, they hid exculpatory evidence, that to me is a war. A non-statutory is not going to cut it with the police. Theyve been everything but honest. They will not give it up. Theyre institutionally dishonest. I have no faith in any British authority higher than a traffic warden. I dont trust the British, Hillsborough, Bloody Sunday they cant face the truth. When asked whether he saw the UK as his home, he said no, adding this isnt my home, your friends dont kidnap you do they?Although Malkinson is set to receive a substantial compensation for his wrongful imprisonment, he said he has been warned it could take two years before he receives any money.In the meantime, Andrew said he is basically homeless as he awaits his trial.Im on benefits. I dont have a job, Im living in a tent. Im basically homeless and waiting for them to do the right thing, he said. They have the power to do the right thing but they chose to take their time.Plans for a public inquiry to investigate why Mr Malkinson spent almost two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit were revealed in August by Justice Secretary Alex Chalk.But the inquiry will be non-statutory, which means investigators will  have no legal power to make witnesses attend.Mr Malkinson blamed the lord chancellor and said he had made a mistake by not compelling witnesses by law to testify and disclose evidence.The police dont want to disclose, he told the Guardian. They never have done and I cant see them playing ball unless theyre compelled to by a statutory inquiry.I want to know all the details of exactly how and why [this] happened. Because I cant rest until I know, he added. Its my life and the suffering is incalculable. Oceans of tears Ive suffered because of that. And I want to know why. The post Man who was wrongfully jailed for 17 years is now broke and living in a tent appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.

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