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|Sam Hallam has spent the last seven years of his life in prison. At the age of 17 he was tried and convicted of murder following an attack in Finsbury by a group of Hoxton youths . Sam denies that he was even there. With little education and no funds, he was at the mercy of the justice system. The evidence that put him in prison was so deeply flawed that in 2011 the Criminal Cases Review Commission referred Sam's case back to the Court of Appeal. The prosecution's evidence consisted of two unreliable eye-witnesses; one retracted his accusation in court, and the other admitted that when she accused Sam she had been looking for "someone to blame."
Playwright Tess Berry-Hart has used extracts from recent interviews and written sources to create the verbatim play Someone to Blame in order to highlight the case, directed by David Mercatali (Tender Napalm "sensationally staged" - The Guardian).
Miscarriages of justice might not always make the news, but they still happen.
This is Sam's story.
Word for word.
Sam's appeal has been set for 16th and 17th May 2012.
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