24 Apr 2018

Wrongfully imprisoned man to receive compensation

8:00 pm on 24 April 2018

The Government is paying out more than half a million dollars in compensation to a man who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

Sergei Skripal was one of four prisoners released by Moscow in exchange for 10 US spies in 2010, as part of a swap. He was later flown to the UK.

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Tyson Redman was convicted of wounding and injuring in August 2007 and spent two and a half years in prison.

In December 2013, the Court of Appeal quashed those convictions and Mr Redman applied for compensation in July 2014.

The former Justice Minister, Amy Adams, asked for independent advice on the application which found Mr Redman was most likely innocent.

A second report on how much compensation should be paid was completed after last year's election.

The Justice Minister today announced Mr Redman was offered $551,017.16, which he had accepted.

Andrew Little said the Crown accepted Mr Redman's innocence and apologised unreservedly for his wrongful convictions and imprisonment.

"I recognise the Crown's offer of compensation will never completely correct the wrong that Mr Redman has suffered, but I hope it will help him and his family recover from the distressing experience they have been through."