Bomb case man’s legal battle for compensation
A man whose conviction for possessing explosives was overturned has not received compensation from the Department of Justice because of lingering suspicions of possible guilt, the High Court has heard.
Representing himself in a new legal challenge against Minister David Ford, Christy Walsh (47) claimed the department was denying him a presumption of innocence.
Mr Walsh served 14 years in prison for a coffee-jar bomb he was alleged to have had when stopped by soldiers in Lenadoon, west Belfast, in 1991.
Following an unprecedented third appeal his conviction was ruled unsafe in March 2010.
However, the Court of Appeal did not declare him demonstrably innocent — a status which normally paves the way for |compensation payments.
The case continues.