'19 years in prison for murder I did not commit': Lyndon Coles insists he was framed for notorious shotgun killing of Hull man Shane George
A CONVICTED killer who served 19 years for a notorious Hull murder has been released from prison, insisting he was framed for a crime he did not commit.
In his first interview, Lyndon Coles claimed he has been a victim of a miscarriage of justice and vowed to fight on to clear his name.
Shane George, 21, was shot at point-blank range as he opened the front door of his house in Coltman Street, west Hull, in January 1994.
Coles and another man, Robert Bradley – who is thought to be still behind bars – were convicted by a jury of murder.
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Speaking from his parents' home in an East Riding village, Coles said: "I did not kill Shane.
"Now I am out, it makes no difference to me, but I will not admit to a crime I did not commit. I will not rest until I have cleared my name.
"One day I will prove I was not responsible."
Last night, Mr George's brother Derek said he believed Coles and Bradley were responsible for the murder that shocked the city.
Coles, 49, said he regretted the pain he was likely to cause Mr George's family.
"I feel for them," he said. "This has been dragging on for 19 years. But what I supposed to do? Admit a crime I did not commit?
"Shane's killers are still out there. Shane, along with his family, deserve justice."
The 1996 trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard Coles and Bradley had gone to Mr George's home, intending to teach him a "painful lesson" over a dispute.
According to the prosecution, Coles and Bradley had wanted to "kneecap" Mr George, but the barrel of the shotgun went upwards, lodging pellets in the victim's groin and stomach, leaving him fatally injured.
The weapon was never recovered, despite an extensive police search.
Coles has always insisted he was the victim of a "stitch up" and key prosecution witnesses lied during the trial.
Convicted of murder, he was told he had to serve a minimum of 15 years for his crime, before he could be considered for parole.
"If I had admitted to killing Shane George, I would have been out a lot sooner," said Coles. "But I was never going to do that – I am not guilty."