Joanna Yeates' landlord Christopher Jefferies has said he was "very, very disturbed" by his treatment by both police and press following his arrest after the landscape architect's murder.
Mr Jefferies was released from police bail without charge. Vincent Tabak was recently found guilty of Miss Yeates's murder.
Speaking to Today presenter Sarah Montague, he explained that he was shielded by his friends from newspaper coverage of the case and it was some time before he realised "just how much of a household name, for all the wrong reasons, I had become".
Mr Jefferies received damages payments from eight newspapers who branded him a "freak" and "a peeping tom" and raised concerns that changes in the rules governing "no-win, no-fee" cases could have prevented him from pursuing the cases.
"There is absolutely no question that I wouldn't have been able to take the action I did," without no-win, no-fee rules, he said.
The Ministry of Justice said in a statement that the government was "absolutely committed" to maintaining 'no-win, no-fee' arrangements for deserving cases, but were determined "to stop the abuse of the system by others pursing excessive, costly and unnecessary cases".
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