14 August 2008
Six-figure compensation for man wrongly accused of murder
A man who was wrongly accused of murdering an ex-model has been awarded a six-figure compensation sum from the Home Office.
Sky News reported that 45-year-old Colin Stagg was acquitted of murdering Rachel Nickell in 1992, but that the stigma surrounding his public accusation has "ruined" his life.
"Until now I have never received the slightest apology from the authorities for my ordeal," he told the news source.
Mr Stagg added that he "got a bit emotional" when he realised he was entitled to £706,000 in compensation for his ordeal.
Scotland Yard has come under "mounting criticism" over their handling of the initial inquiry into the murder in the early 1990s, the news source reported.
Solicitor Alex Tribick, stated that the Home Office payout will help his client "try and rebuild his life".
According to a Daily Mail report, Mr Stagg may also consider launching a lawsuit against the Met.
The newspaper also reported that a trial for Robert Napper, who was charged with Ms Nickell's murder last year, will begin at the Old Bailey in November.