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Compensation cuts anger of wrongly jailed man

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A miscarriage of justice victim who spent a decade in jail is backing calls for changes to compensation pay-outs that allow deductions for living costs while in prison.

Michael O'Brien said more than £37,000 was deduced from his award for "food and water" after he was one of three men wrongly convicted of killing Cardiff newsagent Phillip Saunders in 1987.

Mr O'Brien, who is now an author and prison reformer, said: "I was charged £37,500 for my food and water whilst I was in prison.

"I didn't choose to be there. "I feel like we're getting treated worse than the real criminals," 


The debate has reignited following the case of Andrew Malkinson, 57, who was cleared of a rape he did not commit, who called the rules "kind of sick".


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