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A POLISH man who spent 18 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit has won a £2.5million payout.
Tomasz Komenda, 44, will receive the highest ever compensation granted by a court in Poland after spending half his life in prison because of a dodgy police sketch.
Komenda was wrongfully convicted in 2000, after being found guilty for the rape and murder of 15-year-old Malgorzata Kwiatkowska.
The teenager’s body had been found frozen outside a club in 1996, after a New Year’s Eve party in Miloszyce near Wroclaw.
Komenda was detained after being identified based on the police drawing and bite marks on the victim’s body.
He was handed a 15-year- prison sentence, which was later increased to 25 years.
As a result of family efforts, the prosecutors reviewed the case and came to the conclusion that he was innocent.
He was acquitted of all charges and released in 2018, having served 18 years of his term.
Last year two men were sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1997 murder.
Komenda was seeking 19 million zlotys (£3.7 million) in damages caused by false imprisonment, including three suicide attempts and in compensation.
On Monday a court in Opole ruled that he should receive most of that amount he asked for.
His story inspired 2020’s Polish movie 25 Years of Innocence The Case of Tomek Komenda.
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