From the archive: “The minute I walked out those doors of the Old Bailey, little did I know that I was starting a second sentence”

Some 12 years after his conviction was quashed, Gerry Conlon was interviewed by Niall Stanage about life after Guildford

29th October, 2017
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Gerry Conlon in 1997: ‘You come out of prison with a prison psychology . . . I think I’ve got the wrong set of tools for this life’ Pic: Steve Pyke/Getty

The image is etched on a million minds: Gerry Conlon, dark-eyed and defiant, emerging from the Old Bailey in October 1989. His conviction, and those of the other members of the Guildford Four, had just been quashed.

Paul Hill, Paddy Armstrong and Carole Richardson had slipped away. Conlon faced the cameras, raging and railing, his two sisters clinging to his side.

“I’ve spent 15 years in prison for something I haven’t done, for something I knew...

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