Speaking from prison he said: “I’ve been in prison for 11 years now for crimes I did not commit. Can you imagine how that feels? I am very angry and bitter and very frustrated. Every now and then I get fresh hope that I might be released. But I’ve learned to not get my hopes up, because I have been let down so many times. The authorities have known for eight years that Mark Dixie carried out the crimes I was jailed for but they don’t care. They’re happy for me to rot in prison even thought they know I am innocent.
“When I first heard about the DNA and Sally Anne’s murder, the first thing that struck me was she might still be alive today if the Spanish police had done their job properly.
“If they had investigated properly, interviewed the witnesses, they might have arrested Dixie back in 2003. Then he would have been in prison and could never have killed Sally Anne.
“Instead they arrested the first foreigner they could, and locked me up with no evidence. When I was first jailed I spent 14 months in solitary after being beaten up by a gang of prisoners. I lost a lot of weight and it has affected my mental and physical health.”