Capel St Mary: Killer’s claims of innocence over 12 years could have cost the taxpayer up to £500,000

Simon Hall serving life for the murder of Joan Albert

Simon Hall serving life for the murder of Joan Albert - Credit: Contributed

Killer Simon Hall’s assertions of innocence over 12 years could have cost the taxpayer up to £500,000, a leading human rights lawyer has claimed.

Partner at law firm HKFSI, Mark Stephens said he estimated the 12-day trial back in February 2003 together with Hall’s appeal case in December 2010 and the legal preparatory work behind the scenes would have amounted to a bill of between £400,000 and £500,000.

He said: “I’ve experience of working on large, complex litigations cases and costs totalling this amount are not unusual.

“The costs of any trial are shared out among the prosecution, the defence and the court service. If Mr Hall was on legal aid this would all be paid by the taxpayer.

And despite Hall finally admitting his guilt earlier this week, Mr Stephens said it was unlikely any of this money would ever be recovered.

He added: “If he has any means the court can make a cost order against him to recoup costs but invariably these people don’t have anything.”

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