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Bridgewater Two appeal rejected
Vincent and Michael Hickey
Vincent and Michael Hickey spent 18 years in prison
Two men wrongly convicted for murdering paperboy Carl Bridgewater have been refused permission to appeal against a cut in the level of their compensation.

Vincent Hickey, 49, and Michael Hickey, 42, of Birmingham, were jailed in 1979.

A court ruled in July that the cousins should pay money saved in "board and lodgings" for their 18 years in prison.

The Court of Appeal has now refused the men permission to have their case heard by the Law Lords, although they may petition the House of Lords directly.

Two years ago, Michael Hickey was awarded 990,000 in compensation, and Vincent Hickey 506,220, to compensate for the miscarriage of justice.

But the Home Office assessor, Lord Brennan QC, ruled the awards should be reduced to take account of the living expenses the cousins had not spent during their imprisonment.

Shotgun death

An independent assessor then decided the compensation deals should by cut by a figure of 25%.

That ruling was overturned in April last year by Mr Justice Maurice Kay, who said the deduction was wrong in law and should be quashed.

But Lord Brennan successfully appealed in July, on the basis his original decision was "lawful and reasonable".

Newspaper boy Carl, 13, from Stourbridge, was killed in September 1978 at Yew Tree Farm, Wordsley, West Midlands, by a single shotgun round.

In November 1979, the Hickeys, along with James Robinson and Patrick Molloy, were convicted of murder following a 25-day trial at Stafford Crown Court.

Mr Molloy died in prison in June 1981, aged 53.

Appeals by the surviving three were rejected in 1989, but eight years later the case was referred back to the Court of Appeal and their convictions were quashed.

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