Ray Winstone Blasts Cops Over Jailing Of Innocent Man

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May 17, 2012 | 7:26am EST

Actor Ray Winstone has blasted a team of cops in his native U.K. as “disgraceful” after a man spent seven years in jail for a murder he didn’t commit.
Sam Hallam was sentenced to 12 years for the killing of trainee chef Essayas Kassahun but was released on bail on Wednesday after prosecutors offered no evidence to contest his appeal against the conviction.
He is due to be formally cleared of the killing at a court hearing in London on Thursday, and movie hardman Winstone – who campaigned for Hallam’s release for years – has now spoken out to brand the case “an outrageous miscarriage of justice”.
The Departed star Winstone, whose nephew is a close pal of Hallam, told the ITV network, “So why did an innocent man serve seven years? For me it is the disgraceful unprofessional action of the police involved in this case. Action that has caused a terrible stress within the family of the Hallams… Sam is free, but has lost seven years of his young life.”
In a statement, the actor added, “Someone must answer for this outrageous miscarriage of justice. A young man lost his life. His family will never get over that. The killer is out there because the police involved in this case did not do their job. Who will answer for this miscarriage of justice?”