N.S. man to receive preliminary compensation for wrongful murder conviction

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A Halifax man will receive preliminary compensation from the federal and provincial governments after spending almost 17 years in prison as the result of a wrongful conviction for the murder of his former girlfriend.

Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey says the agreement for an undisclosed amount of financial help for Glen Assoun was finalized Wednesday.

The 63-year-old Assoun was convicted in 1999 of the knifing murder of Brenda Way four years earlier.

In addition to his time in prison, Assoun spent more than four years on bail before being exonerated earlier this year.

Assoun's lawyers have said some immediate compensation is important for their client because he has been living in poverty and has health problems related to his incarceration.

His lawyers have said the preliminary payment is to cover his expenses as the legal team either negotiates or litigates full compensation from the two levels of government.