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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 December 2005, 15:11 GMT
Jailed man cleared of rape charge
Solicitors for a 62-year-old man whose conviction for rape was quashed after spending two years behind bars say they may make a plea for compensation.

Tony Hunt, from Dorset, was sentenced to four years in December 2003 after being found guilty of the offence dating back eight years earlier.

Mr Hunt, from Blandford St Mary, had that conviction overturned at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

Solicitors for Mr Hunt say he was "extremely relieved" to be out of jail.

Innocence protested

Solicitor Stephen Taylor said: "It has been two long years since his trial and his incarceration in a closed prison has not been a pleasant experience for a man of 60 years of age and with no previous convictions.

"He has always protested his innocence, something which the Court of Appeal has confirmed by quashing the conviction and awarding costs."

He added Mr Hunt now wanted "time to reflect on the way forward" and an appeal for compensation may be made.

His conviction was overturned after judges heard evidence from two new witnesses.

At his original trial, the defence claimed that diabetes had caused sexual difficulties which meant he could not have carried out the rape.

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