Is Hartlepool’s canoe conman John Darwin planning to leave Britain?

John Darwin
John Darwin

CANOE conman John Darwin is said to have plans to quit Britain and return to Panama.

It has been reported that Hartlepool’s Mr Darwin will head back to central America as soon as he gets his passport handed back in March.

John Darwin

John Darwin

Under the terms of his parole, the back-from-the-dead fraudster has so far been denied the chance to travel abroad.

The 62-year-old and his wife Anne embarked on a new life in Panama after he faked his death in March 2002 by apparently vanishing off the coast in a supposed canoeing accident.

He turned up at a police station in November 2007, claiming he was a missing person with amnesia, but the ruse fell to pieces when a photo taken in Panama of the couple turned up on the internet.

During the trial at Teesside Crown Court in 2008 the jury heard how the couple had tricked police, a coroner, financial institutions and even sons Mark and Anthony into believing the ex-prison officer was dead.

Mr Darwin got a passport in the name of a dead Sunderland baby and lived secretly with his wife before travelling to Panama where they bought a flat and planned an ecology tourism business together.

But, weeks after his wife sold off their UK properties and joined him in the Panama in late 2007, he walked into a police station in London and claimed he had been suffering from amnesia.

During the trial, Mrs Darwin claimed she was forced into the scam by her husband,

She was jailed for six-and-a-half years for her part in the £500,000 con.

Her husband was sent to prison for six years and three months.