Govt compensates Tyson Redman for crime he did not commit

Long Lunch 26/04/2018
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The Government will compensate Tyson Gregory Redman $500,000 in damages after being wrongfully convicted and locked away for a crime he did not commit.

Auckland lawyer Jeremy Sutton joined Trudi Nelson on The Long Lunch to discuss the outcome.

Mr Redman spent two and a half years in prison after being convicted of wounding and injuring in August 2007.

The Court of Appeal quashed the convictions in December 2013, and Mr Redman applied for compensation in July 2014.

Justice Minister Andrew Little said the Crown accepted Mr Redman's innocence, and apologised unreservedly for his wrongful convictions and imprisonment.

"I recognise the Crown's offer of compensation will never completely correct the wrong that Mr Redman has suffered, but I hope it will help him and his family recover from the distressing experience they have been through," Mr Little said.

The Government offered Mr Redman a compensation payment of $551,000 - $475,722.75 for non-pecuniary losses adjusted for inflation, and $75,294.41 for pecuniary losses including legal costs.

The compensation will also provide him with financial support should he wish to receive professional counselling and therapy, of up to $21,700 for a two-year period.

Mr Redman has agreed to accept the Government's offer of compensation.

Listen to the full interview with Jeremy Sutton above.

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