Back from the dead canoeist John Darwin heading back to jail after arrest at Newcastle Airport

The Northern Echo: John Darwin John Darwin

BACK-from-the-dead canoe fraudster John Darwin will be behind bars this Christmas after he was arrested on his return from an unauthorised trip abroad to find a new wife.

The 63-year-old had travelled to the Ukraine and was photographed last month by The Sun newspaper on a date with a statuesque local woman who was wearing a mini-skirt.

The 1,500-mile journey from his home in Hartlepool to the town of Sumy was undertaken without the permission of the Probation Service.

He needed its authority to travel because he was still on licence after being sentenced to six years and three months for fraud.

He was released from jail in January 2011, but was required to stick to certain conditions, including not leaving the UK.

He was arrested yesterday at Newcastle Airport as he flew back to Britain, without a new wife.

A source close to the case indicated that Darwin would be required to complete the rest of his sentence behind bars when the authorities caught up with him. It is thought he will not be free again until October.

According to reports last month, Darwin and his date, a Ukrainian woman named Anna, enjoyed a two-hour meal assisted by a translator, but the evening was ruined when he was confronted by a reporter.

It was believed Darwin first made contact with the woman over the internet.

Darwin faked his own death in a canoeing accident in 2002 so his then-wife Anne could claim hundreds of thousands of pounds from insurance policies and pension schemes.

The couple, from Seaton Carew, were jailed at Teesside Crown Court in 2008 for the swindle, which deceived the police, a coroner, financial institutions and even their sons, Mark and Anthony.

After faking his own death, Darwin continued to live in secret with his wife before they escaped to Panama to start a new life.

But in December 2007 Darwin walked into a London police station, claiming he had amnesia, and was reunited with his stunned sons.

His wife, then still in Panama, initially also claimed to be surprised - until a photograph emerged of them posing together.

Darwin admitted fraud so received a slightly shorter sentence than Anne, who denied the offences. They have now divorced.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "Offenders on licence are liable to recall to jail if they breach any of their licence conditions."

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12:19pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Ally F says...

Loser
Loser Ally F

3:54pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rat man says...

Was he caught canoedling with Anna at the dinner table?
Was he caught canoedling with Anna at the dinner table? rat man

4:08pm Tue 17 Dec 13

nigel d says...

Through the keys away, if he hasn't learnt by now he never will.
Through the keys away, if he hasn't learnt by now he never will. nigel d

5:55pm Tue 17 Dec 13

behonest says...

Seems very harsh to me, going on a date that he shouldn't have and he gets nearly a year in jail.

When you consider some of the thieving and corrupt acts of certain politicians and senior police officers recently, who have walked away scot-free, it just goes to show what a class-ridden, double standards society we still are.
Seems very harsh to me, going on a date that he shouldn't have and he gets nearly a year in jail. When you consider some of the thieving and corrupt acts of certain politicians and senior police officers recently, who have walked away scot-free, it just goes to show what a class-ridden, double standards society we still are. behonest

6:11pm Tue 17 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

I hope to god he is thoroughly integrated as to where he got the money from to go on this trip.
Also I think questions need to be asked as to why if he has money to do this, is it not being seized to pay for the cost of his prosecution and 5 star Hotel accommodation he served his sentence in.
It beggars belief, we have homeless people, and kids starving and cold, and this T--t is swanning off to foreign parts to find a new wife to be his next partner in crime, ITS DISGUSTING !!!
Oh and don't anyone dare say he has served his time, he certainly has not.
I hope to god he is thoroughly integrated as to where he got the money from to go on this trip. Also I think questions need to be asked as to why if he has money to do this, is it not being seized to pay for the cost of his prosecution and 5 star Hotel accommodation he served his sentence in. It beggars belief, we have homeless people, and kids starving and cold, and this T--t is swanning off to foreign parts to find a new wife to be his next partner in crime, ITS DISGUSTING !!! Oh and don't anyone dare say he has served his time, he certainly has not. NO EINSTEIN

6:18pm Tue 17 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

behonest wrote:
Seems very harsh to me, going on a date that he shouldn't have and he gets nearly a year in jail.

When you consider some of the thieving and corrupt acts of certain politicians and senior police officers recently, who have walked away scot-free, it just goes to show what a class-ridden, double standards society we still are.
behonest, lets be honest here, the bloke did not serve his full sentence, cost the taxpayer millions, then **** a snook by going abroad to find a new wife.
I won't lie, I can't afford a foreign holiday, and i'm working and not an ex con.
Its just not right.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: Seems very harsh to me, going on a date that he shouldn't have and he gets nearly a year in jail. When you consider some of the thieving and corrupt acts of certain politicians and senior police officers recently, who have walked away scot-free, it just goes to show what a class-ridden, double standards society we still are.[/p][/quote]behonest, lets be honest here, the bloke did not serve his full sentence, cost the taxpayer millions, then **** a snook by going abroad to find a new wife. I won't lie, I can't afford a foreign holiday, and i'm working and not an ex con. Its just not right. NO EINSTEIN

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