MOST UNNATURAL: An Inquiry into the Stafford Case

Author: Lewis (David) & Hughman (Peter)
Year: 1971
Publisher: Penguin
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st edn.
Book Condition: Vg.
ISBN: 0140522840
Price: 20.00
Paperback. In January 1967 Angus Sibbet was murdered in Durham. He had been a small-time operator in a series of night clubs and gambling joints in the Newcastle area. Subsequently Dennis Stafford and Michael Luvaglio were charged with the crime, tried and sentenced to life imprisonment. Stafford was a man with a considerable police record, Luvaglio was 'clean'; both were part of the same group as Sibbet but of considerably greater importance. It emerged that neither had a motive for the killing, nor was there any forensic evidence to connect them with it. The gun used to shoot Sibbet was not found, and the only serious evidence adduced against the accused was provided by damage to two cars involved in the commission of the crime. The greater part of the police case was circumstantial. However, it is clear that there were large and serious inconsistencies in the police case which were not examined during the trial. Further, key witnesses who might have upset the police case were not called to give evidence. The two authors have conducted an exhaustive enquiry into the case with the object of showing that it was intolerable that men could be imprisoned for life on such slender and contradictory evidence. 220pp. mass market p/back. V. lightly browned pp., tiny 'indentation' mk. to first 5 pages, faint vertical crease to fr. cover and small crease across lower corner of back cover, but still a Vg. copy of a Scarce title.

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