Prabu Santharatnam

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Prabu Santharatnam was convicted of murder of Sellathurai Balasingham (Bala). His conviction was quashed when evidence cast doubts on the reliability of a co-defendant and witness in the case (who gave evidence following a guilty plea and had a motive for giving evidence against the other defendants).

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  • Offence: Murder
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Surrey 
  • Ethnicity: Asian
  • Gender: M
  • Years in prison: 8
  • Offence convicted of: Murder
  • Year of crime: 2001
  • Year of initial conviction: 2004
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2011
  • Age when imprisoned: Unknown
  • CCRC Referral: N
  • Tried with others: Y
  • Link to full case: (2007 decision)
  • Type of fresh evidence at appeal: Evidence relating to the reliability of witness testimony
  • Compensation: Unknown
  • Crown argued case at CofA: Yes
  • Retrial: No
  • Previous appeals: Previous appeal successful in 2007, convicted at retrial in 2008.