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Innocent Man Clears His Name 4 Decades Later by Googling Corrupt Cop Who Framed Him

A London man who was convicted of stealing mailbags 43 years ago has cleared his name, The Independent reports.

Stephen Simmons, 62, was found guilty of theft at 19 years old and had to serve eight months in a youth detention center despite insisting his was innocent.

Five years ago, on the advice of a call-in radio show, Simmons searched the arresting officer’s name on Google and found that he was later convicted of stealing mailbags and framing people for his crime.

He took his case back to court seeking to have the conviction overturned.

“I am bitter, absolutely bitter against him,” he told BBC at the time. “I want to let it go, but I can’t. Now I’m going to court and can have my day.”

On Wednesday, an appeals court overturned his decades-old conviction.

“We would wish only to note our regret that it has taken so long for this injustice to be remedied,” Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said.

“I can’t tell you how relieved,” Simmons said after the ruling. “It has only taken 43 years, but I have got there at last.”