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Bridgewater case 'should reopen'

Vincent and Michael Hickey
Vincent and Michael Hickey spent 18 years in prison

The mother of a man who spent 18 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of murdering a paperboy says he and the family want the case to be reopened.

In 1997 Michael Hickey, of Birmingham, his cousin Vincent and another man, James Robinson, had their convictions for Carl Bridgewater's murder quashed.

Michael Hickey's mother, Anne Whelan, of Wythall, Worcestershire, said he was "traumatised" by the experience.

She said she thought if somebody else was convicted her son would "move on".

'Always scarred'

Carl Bridgewater was 13 when he was killed at Yew Tree Farm, Wordsley, West Midlands, by a single gunshot in September 1978.

The Hickeys and Mr Robinson had their convictions quashed by the Court of Appeal in July 1997 after being jailed for life in 1979 for the murder of Carl.

Patrick Molloy, who was convicted of manslaughter, died in prison in 1981. Mr Robinson died last year.

Asked if being wrongly convicted was still playing on her son's mind, Michael Hickey's mother said: "I think he's completely traumatised by the whole experience.

"They were abused in prison, because they were received as child murderers.

"But after two or three years they then became known as the men that were wrongly in prison."

She said she thought her son would probably "always be scarred" mentally.

"They're now in their 11th year of being freed by the Court of Appeal and totally and completely exonerated and still nothing's happened," she added.




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