#OTD in 1994 – Northern Ireland Lord Chief Justice, Sir Brian Hutton, quashed the conviction of Paul Hill for the murder of a former British soldier in 1974. Hutton declared that the conviction was ‘unsafe and unsatisfactory’.

Stair na hÉireann | History of Ireland

An appeals court overturned a 19-year-old murder conviction against Paul Hill, who spent nearly 15 years in prison for two IRA attacks that he insisted he never committed. The decision was the latest rebuke to the British police for mishandling high-profile terrorist cases in which innocent people have gone to jail.

The court ruled that Mr. Hill should be cleared in the abduction and murder of former British soldier, Brian Shaw, in 1974 because a written confession attributed to him had probably been extracted under duress. The confession was the only evidence against Mr. Hill.

This was the second time an appeals court had intervened to quash murder charges against Mr. Hill, one of the “Guildford Four,” whose wrongful jailing and later release in a 1974 pub bombing in Guildford, was portrayed in the movie “In the Name of the Father.”

“I’m very relieved this period of my life is…

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