Andrew Malkinson has criticized the maximum amount of compensation payable under the miscarriage of justice compensation scheme, which capped £1 million for more than 10 years’ imprisonment. The 57-year-old’s conviction was quashed on July 26 after DNA linked another man to the crime.
Malkinson believes that the £1 million compensation is not enough, as he said it it represented nearly two decades of living hell and lost opportunities and love. He is now pressing for further reforms, as wrongly convicted people will no longer face having living costs covering their time in prison docked from compensation payments after ministers issued fresh guidance. Malkinson expressed concern that the rules meant expenses could be deducted from any compensation payment he may be awarded to cover the costs of his jail term.
After being freed, Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Jackson of Greater Manchester Police apologised to Malkinson for the “grave miscarriage of justice” he endured and offered to meet him. He likened prison to a “North Korean totalitarian state with Big Brother watching over you” and was afraid of being attacked by other inmates.
He also struggles with dealing with women since his release and whether he feels he could ever have a relationship again. Malkinson was wrongly found guilty of raping a woman in Greater Manchester in 2003 and served 10 more years because he maintained his innocence.
Many people believe that the maximum amount of compensation payable under the miscarriage of justice compensation scheme is not enough to compensate those who have spent more than ten years in prison.