Hoxton man Sam Hallam waits to hear if murder conviction will be quashed

Hoxton man Sam Hallam, who dramatically walked free from court yesterday after seven years in prison for a murder he always maintained he did not commit, is due to hear later today (Thursday) whether his conviction has been quashed.

Court of Appeal judges heard Sam’s life sentence in 2005 for the death of chef Essayas Kasshunon, who was stabbed on the St Luke’s Estate in Finsbury in 2004, was a “serious miscarriage of justice”.

Sam, who was just 18 when he was jailed and is now 24, was freed on bail yesterday after the prosecution said they would not oppose his appeal against the conviction.

The courtroom erupted in cheers and Sam and his mother, Wendy Cohen, were drenched in champagne by their supporters outside the court.

Lady Justice Hallett DBE, Mr Justice Spencer and Mr Justice Openshaw will make their judgment on whether to quash the murder conviction at the High Court this afternoon.