Alphonse "King of the Ecrehous" has died
|Jersey Witch hunts - The mentality has not changed|
Alphonse Le Gastelois was hounded out of Jersey in the 1960s: he was wrongly identified as a suspect in a series of hideous sex crimes against children. Edward Paisnel "The Beast of Jersey" was later convicted of the crimes.
'Sex exile' compensation call
The States of Jersey is being asked to offer him £20,000
A man who spent 14 years on a small Channel Islands reef after being wrongly accused of sex crimes will hear if he is to receive compensation.
|The BBC's James Ingham: "Mr Le Gastelois now lives in poverty"|
But his name was released to the press and he became the subject of a hate campaign on the island.
He was forced to flee to Ecrehous, a tiny reef between Jersey and France and only returned when the real offender was caught and sentenced 14 years later.
He now lives in a tiny damp house owned by the Government of Jersey, the Island States, in extreme poverty.
Jersey politican John Rothwell is asking the States of Jersey to offer him £20,000 compensation.
"The States have a responsibility to recognise that that humiliation led to his suffering mentally and otherwise and for this island, which has something like £109bn on deposit, £20,000 is very little," said Mr Rothwell.
A petition started on Saturday already has 1,000 signatures, with locals calling for a public apology from police.
But Mr Le Gastelois still feels hurt and says money wont make any difference.
"What can you do? You can't rebuild my life, you can't rebuild me," he said. "I don't want much now, only want to be left in peace." He said of the possible compensation: "It's a bit late in life but it will help."