Anne Darwin To Appeal Jail Sentence

The wife of the 'back-from-the-dead' canoeist John Darwin, has launched an appeal against her conviction and sentence, it has been revealed.

Anne Darwin, 56, was found guilty of 15 charges of fraud and money laundering during a seven-day trial at Teeside Crown Court in July.

She was jailed for six-and-a-half years while her husband, who admitted deception, was sentenced to six years.

The couple swindled £250,000 in insurance money on the back of John Darwin's staged death.

Anne Darwin had 28 days to lodge any appeal from the date of sentence on 23 July.

If her appeal is given the go-ahead, her case will be heard at the Court of Appeal.

Her solicitor, Nicola Finnerty, defended her during her case and is understood to have also worked on her grounds for appeal.

John Darwin vanished after an apparent canoe accident in the sea of Seaton Carew, near Hartlepool, in 2002.

However, the 57-year old walked into to a London police station in December last year claiming that he had lost his memory.

Anne Darwin said in her defence that she was a victim of "marital coercion" and that her "domineering" husband had been the reason she went along with the deception.

At her trial, Mr Justice Wilkie rejected the claims and told the Darwins that their son's lives were "crushed" by the deception and that meant a severe sentence was needed.

Anthony and Mark Darwin have said that they will never be able to forgive their parents.

Anthony told The Mail on Sunday: "They have tarnished all the good times that came before. I can't ever forgive them for putting us through the torture of mourning."

Anne Darwin was convicted of six counts of fraud and nine of money laundering.

See: Darwin Sons Reject Mum's Jail Appeal


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