The relatives of Derek Bentley, who was hanged for murder in 1953, are not entitled to compensation even though his conviction was thrown out last year.

Home Secretary Jack Straw yesterday denied the conviction was "sufficiently exceptional" to merit a payment.

The decision was condemned by Bentley's family, who said they would challenge it in the courts. Bentley, 19, was convicted in 1952 with Chris Craig, 16, of killing PC Sidney Miles in Croydon, south London, although Craig fired the fatal shot.

The jury was not told Bentley had a mental age of 11 and last year his trial was ruled unfair.


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