Compensation granted to Emanuel Camilleri, the father who was falsely convicted of pedopholia, was nothing compared to the legal fees and expenses he faced because of the bogus case.
Speaking in an exclusive interview on Xarabank aired on Lovin Malta that has already garnered more than 34,000 views, Camilleri explained how the €23,000 the state awarded him over the case dwarfed the fees he forked out, particularly after losing his job and entire livelihood after being sentenced.
“There was a point where we had to sell our car to make ends meet. My daughter was pregnant at the time and we didn’t know how we were going to eat. We spent thousands,” he said.
Ten years ago, Camilleri was given a prison sentence after he was accused of sexually abusing his daughter, Leanne, who was a minor at the time.
Found guilty of defiling her in 2011, Camilleri had his sentence confirmed in 2013. He continued to insist that he was innocent, even going on to say his daughter was actually forced to speak out by her mother.
In 2015 Camilleri’s daughter was found guilty of giving false testimony. By then, he had spent one year, one month and one day in prison.
Apart from being imprisoned for 397 days, Camilleri had also been wrongfully listed on the sex offenders’ register.
Being placed on the sex offenders’ register meant that Camilleri, who was working as a teacher at MCAST at the time, lost his job, something which he still struggles to return to till today.
After 19 years fighting for his innocence and 397 days in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Emanuel Camilleri speaks out about his devastating ordeal on the latest episode of Xarabank Online in collaboration with Lovin Malta.
Posted by Lovin Malta on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Camilleri was awarded €23,293.73 for his wrongful prison sentence. However, Camilleri and his wife, Desiree, made it clear that the compensation is nothing compared to the trauma, injustice, and financial ruin they suffered because of the case.
“No compensation will repair the suffering we through, are going through and will continue to go through,” they said.
Camilleri repeatedly said that his anger is reserved for the authorities who failed to see the warning signs in his case, sentencing him behind bars for a crime he never committed.
He not only lost his freedom, but he also lost the chance to say goodbye to his son, Luke, who died of leukaemia while he was in prison.
Camilleri’s son never lost faith in his father, with his testimony proving crucial in his father’s successful appeal.
The one-time inmate, who was thankful for the support host Peppi Azzopardi showed in the case, pledged that he will continue to support other falsy convicted inmates still currently behind bars.
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