A MAN who spent 17 years in prison for rape is hopeful of clearing his name after a DNA breakthrough in his case.
Andrew Malkinson, 55, was convicted of raping a mother, 33, on a Manchester roadside in 2003.
But fresh forensic analysis has found male DNA on samples taken from the victim that did not match his.
Andrew, who was released last December, served ten years extra because he refused to admit to the crime.
He told The Sunday Times: “I’ve always known I’m innocent. I’ve waited a long time for the science to catch up and finally it has.
“It’s a terrible position to be in when it’s your word against someone else’s, because you just look guilty by the mere fact you’ve been accused.
“A year in prison is not like a year outside it.
“Every day drags and it’s just psychologically demanding.”
A spokeswoman for GMP said: “As a formal complaint has been registered with our professional standards branch in relation to the actions of officers at the time of Mr Malkinson’s trial, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.
“We will of course co-operate with any further review of this case which may be conducted by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.”