Jail release after unfair trial ruling

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A 20-year-old man from Long Buckby has spoken of his relief at being freed from prison after judges ruled he did not receive a fair trial.

Robin Alan Charlesworth, of Grove Farm Close, was convicted by a jury of glassing a man in the face during a pub brawl in February last year.

He was freed last week having served 12 months of his three-and-a-half-year sentence for wounding and affray.

Mr Charlesworth pleaded guilty to affray but appealed against the wounding charge involving a glass.

He said: “I feel really happy and relieved to be out but I had been in prison so long I wasn’t expecting to be released.

“While I was in there I just kept my head down and got on with it.”

His mother Theresa Russel, 51, has always supported her son and maintained his innocence saying she never gave up hope.

She said: “I’m his mother and I knew he didn’t do it. I was devastated when he was found guilty and he will never get those months of his life back but it is absolutely brilliant that he has been released, and justice has finally been done.”

Following the guilty verdict last year the family felt forced to leave Long Buckby and relocate to Leicester. Mrs Russel said: “I was gutted that people in the village thought he had done it and I had to leave. The verdict ruined our family.”

Mr Charlesworth is now moving forward with his life and has been released in time to celebrate his 21st birthday next month.