Hoxton man Sam Hallam

This will be Sam Hallam’s seventh Christmas in prison for a murder for which many people believe the 23-year-old Hoxton local was wrongly convicted.

Hopes are high among family, friends and supporters of the man dubbed the ‘Hoxton One’ that 2011 will be the year his murder conviction is overturned.  Hallam was sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly killing 21-year-old Essayas Kassahun in 2004. Since February, a major inquiry into his case by Thames Valley Police officers has been underway.

At November’s campaign meeting  Hallam’s mother, Wendy Cohen, said: “I hope and pray that this will be Sam’s last Christmas in prison.”

The cluster of campaigners held a benefit evening on Saturday 4 December from 8pm at the Lion and Lamb pub in Hoxton. Performers included rock band Black Danny and the Lion and Lamb’s landlord Niall Gallagher.

A ‘verbatim’ theatre project, entitled Someone to Blame, is expected to start performances early next year. Written by David Mercatali and Tess Berry-Hart, the play will tell Hallam’s story using witness statements and court testimonies.

Send Sam a card this festive season:

Sam Hallam
HMP Bullingdon
PO Box 50
0X25 1PZ.

More information about Sam Hallam.

Related stories:

Major police inquiry into Hoxton man’s murder conviction

Sam Hallam campaign petition presented at Parliament

New developments in Hallam campaign

Support us

The coronavirus outbreak has meant that the Hackney Citizen has been unable to print a monthly newspaper for the last three months.

The need for quality news and reliable reporting is crucial - however, this is an increasingly challenging time for local journalism.

Our main source of income, print advertising revenue, fell suddenly - and so we are asking you, the readers, for your help.A one-off donation from anyone who can afford it will help our small team get our newspaper back in print and keep the website and social media feeds running through this unprecedented crisis.

Find out how you can donate.

Thanks in advance for your support, and stay safe.