Conviction quashed 47 years on

 

One of the longest miscarriage of justice campaigns ended at the Court of Appeal in Belfast yesterday. Mr Iain Hay Gordon, now 68, was declared innocent of murder after 47 years.

"I never had any doubt my name would be cleared, but I am overjoyed it has finally happened and that I am an ordinary individual once again," he said.

In March 1953 Mr Gordon, then a 20-year-old RAF apprentice stationed in Northern Ireland, was found guilty but insane of murdering the daughter of a High Court judge.

Mr Gordon was held in Holywell Mental Hospital in Antrim until his release in 1960 on condition that he changed his name and did not talk publicly about the case.