Jailed Stephen Downing could be released from prison on Friday – after 27 years behind bars for a murder he claims he did not commit.
His bail application hearing, pending an appeal, will be heard at the High Court at 9.15am.
If the hearing goes as expected, Downing could be home the same day.
He is hopeful of a positive outcome and said: “The Home Secretary has said he will not stand in the way of it.
“This has come about because of the pressure we’ve put on the authorities with this.”
Downing, 44, was jailed for the 1973 murder of typist Wendy Sewell, who was attacked with a pickaxe handle in the Derbyshire town of Bakewell.
It was feared the hearing might not take place until after Christmas after being referred by the Criminal Cases Review Commission a month ago.
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