Darwins could reunite after Anne’s release

Anne and John Darwin
Anne and John Darwin

ANNE Darwin could walk straight back into the arms of canoe conman husband John when she is released from prison later this month.

Anne, 59, was handed a six-and-a-half-year sentence for her part in the con which saw John fake his own death.

While he was released last month after serving half of his six years and three month sentence, his wife is due to be freed from Askham Grange open prison, near York, in a matter of days.

The 60-year-old former prison officer has been living in Easington Colliery since being freed, and it has been suggested that his wife will join him when she is released.

There had been reports that the couple’s marriage was doomed when their elaborate hoax came to light, and it was clear their relationship was strained when they stood side-by-side in the dock at Teesside Crown Court for their trial in July 2008.

But reports in the national press suggest the couple could be reunited and poised to rebuild their lives when she is freed.

Darwin has kept a low-profile since walking free from prison, and there was no response when the Mail tried to make contact with him yesterday.

Anne claimed £250,000 on his insurance and pension policies and the couple fled to Panama.

They were caught and eventually jailed after John returned to Britain in December 2007.

A spokeswoman for Askham Grange stressed she could not discuss details of individual prisoners, but it is understood files have already been prepared by probation teams in preparation for Anne’s release.

Cleveland Police has stressed that any money the couple make from selling their stories would be in line to be confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.