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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2007, 10:57 GMT
Stagg poised for damages payout
Rachel Nickell
Rachel Nickell was attacked while walking with her son
The man cleared of murdering Rachel Nickell is in line for a compensation payout from the Home Office.

Colin Stagg, 43, has been told he is eligible under the discretionary compensation scheme, and the amount will be set by an independent assessor.

Mr Stagg was acquitted of murdering the 23-year-old ex-model, who was stabbed to death on Wimbledon Common in 1992.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it was possible someone could be charged with Ms Nickell's murder in March.

'Honey trap'

Alex Tribick, Colin Stagg's lawyer said: "Colin is delighted with the news and anything that vindicates his position can obviously only be a good thing."

Last year a 40-year-old Broadmoor patient was questioned as part of the ongoing police inquiry.

Ms Nickell was walking with her two-year-old son on Wimbledon Common when a man stabbed her 49 times and then sexually assaulted her.

Two years later Mr Stagg was tried for murder but the case was thrown out on the grounds that police had used a "honey trap" plot to encourage him to confess.

Wrongful conviction

The Home Office confirmed that Mr Stagg, of Roehampton, south-west London, had been informed of his eligibility for the scheme.

He declined to comment on a report that the amount awarded could be up to 250,000.

It is understood an application regarding the case was made early last year.

A Home Office spokesman said: "As with all such cases, once eligibility has been approved, the independent assessor, Lord Brannan QC, decides on the amount payable."

Under the scheme payouts are made following wrongful conviction or charge "arising because of a serious default by a public authority or through exceptional circumstances such as complete exoneration".

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