'I've dreamed about this': Man wrongly jailed for 17 years 'haunted' by time in prison as he rejects police apology

8 August 2023, 17:29 | Updated: 8 August 2023, 17:41

Andrew Malkinson tells The News Agents podcast that he is ‘haunted’ by his experience with the justice system
Andrew Malkinson tells The News Agents podcast that he is ‘haunted’ by his experience with the justice system. Picture: News Agents/Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

A man wrongly jailed for 17 years has revealed he lived in "constant fear and anxiety" but the fight is still not over.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Andrew Malkinson, 57, was found guilty of raping a woman in Greater Manchester in 2003 and was jailed for life with a minimum term of seven years.

He stayed in prison for another 10 years as he maintained his innocence, insisting he would "not falsely confess to abhorrent crimes which he did not commit.

Mr Malkinson has now opened up about his experience on The News Agents podcast.

He said he was treated "abominably" during his time behind bars and was made to suffer more because he refused to do the courses set out to him.

"I was treated terribly, abominably," he said. "The prison officers, the screws we call them, they make every waking moment of your life in prison as miserable as they possibly can, you know, there’s all kinds of ways they can and do do that."

He added: “There was one guy there trying to intimidate you all the time, trying to push your buttons, make you kick off, and it works on a lot of people because there’s a lot of volatile people there.

"It never worked with me but it comes at a psychological cost. They're demeaning you, they’re intimidating you, you want to shout out and say something, but you just hold your tongue and take out an awful lot of c**p.

"For example, HMP Frankland, I tried to get some new trainers and you can only get them from approved suppliers.

"I applied over and over and over again but the original applications go missing. It’s a tactic they use on everybody who’s refusing to do the courses to grind you down."

Listen and subscribe to The News Agents on Global Player.

The News Agents podcast
The News Agents podcast. Picture: Global

During his time in prison, Mr Malkinson said he “certainly” met other innocent people.

"I have a friend who I can’t identify. But I know for sure," he said.

It comes after Justice Secretary Alex Chalk spoke about the case on LBC's Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on Tuesday.

"The reality is there is no sum of money that will adequately do justice in a horrendous case when someone has been in prison for a crime they haven’t committed," he said.

Mr Chalk added: "It makes my blood run cold to hear about a miscarriage of justice and no sum of money will compensate but a couple of points I’ve mentioned – first that it is tax free and a second point to add is it doesn’t preclude other causes of actions that he may want to take."

Despite also receiving an apology from Greater Manchester Police, Mr Malkinson said he did not accept it as he just saw it as "a PR exercise".

He went on to say: "They've fought us every inch of the way. We invited them to join the CCRC application and they point blank refused, I don't even think they responded.

"They fought disclosure of the vital evidence that they knew was important. Of course, they must have known its significance. And they fought us all away."

Read more: Man wrongly jailed for rape for 17 years is 'maybe too damaged' for another relationship

Read more: 'Prison is hell even if you're guilty': Man wrongly jailed for rape tells LBC of 17-year ordeal behind bars

Looking forward to his future, Mr Malkinson said: "I’ve learnt a lot about myself. I’ve learned strengths I never knew I had through adversity."

He said: "They can’t give me back what they’ve stolen. It’s not just the time taken. It’s what it represents.

"It’s constant fear, pain, anxiety, misery, longing, yearning for freedom and hoping that something will come along to prove it.

"So it’s a very joyless void. No joy, no happiness, no love. And it’s a horrific existence.

"I want compensating for it and the only way they can do that is by giving me a bunch of money."

Watch Again: Nick Ferrari is joined by Justice Secretary Alex Chalk | 08/08/23

However, he said he still did not feel free as there are "still fights to be fought".

He said he intended to get therapy to help with his "terrible" experience but his main goal was to travel as much as he could while he was still able to.

Mr Malkinson said Brexit had posed a big issue when it came to his future plans after being "kidnapped by the UK state".

"I would have applied for Dutch nationality or a Dutch passport," he said.

"I would have almost certainly have got it because of my long standing association so I would have been there 25 or 30 years by that point."

He added: "I don’t want to be a UK citizen. I don't want to be associated with this country anymore."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Israel Palestinians Rafah Photo Gallery

Israeli troops ‘fire on people waiting for aid’ as Gaza death tolls hits 30,000

Former Ambassador Arrested

Former career US diplomat admits spying for Cuban intelligence for decades

Kensington Palace issued a statement addressing well-wishers' concerns.

Kensington Palace issues fresh statement on Kate’s health following concerns amid speculation

On Thursday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's official spokesman said: "The Prime Minister is a big supporter of the arts and he believes that the arts should be inclusive and open to everyone.

'Wrong and divisive': No. 10 condemns theatre 'Black Outs' after West End show announces exclusive performances

Rishi Sunak has spoken out after the report into Wayne Couzens

Rishi Sunak says police must make 'urgent changes' after Couzens report, following 'chilling, abominable' murder

Donald Trump

Trump appeals against decision to remove his name from Illinois primary ballot

Staff said the increase relates to a greater number of Albanian children entering asylum hotels since the 2022 inspection.

UK border control is 'neither effective nor efficient', sacked watchdog says, with 147 child migrants still missing

Jess Phillips has said the person who allowed Couzens' employment should be 'for the chopping block'.

Person who allowed Wayne Couzens to be employed ‘has to be for the chopping block’, Jess Phillips tells LBC

Christian Horner

Christian Horner breaks silence after 'texts leaked', as Red Bull F1 boss cleared of inappropriate behaviour claims

The man was found at his home in Herne, Germany.

Horror as man found with ‘penis bitten off and eaten by pet dog’ after neighbours reported relentless barking

Russia Ukraine War

Russian onslaught targets more Ukrainian towns and villages

Sergei Sokolov

Editor of top independent Russian newspaper detained for ‘discrediting military’

Yvette Cooper said Wayne Couzens should never have been hired

Yvette Cooper calls for police being probed for sex or domestic abuse to be suspended, after damning Couzens report

Texas Wildfires

Huge wildfire grows to become largest in history of Texas

The business will reduce its workforce by around 1,500 jobs, but subject to consultation.

Sainsbury's to axe 1,500 jobs across UK in bid to save £1 billion a year

Donald Prentice Patience was murdered

'Heroin addict Labradoodle thief' faces life in jail after murdering 'loving father', as body found in duvet cover