Darwin expresses regrets

John Darwin, the 'canoe man' who faked his own death to escape debts.

John Darwin, the 'canoe man' who faked his own death to escape debts.

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CANOE fraudster John Darwin has admitted he now “regrets” faking his own death.

Darwin and his wife Anne were jailed in 2008 for false insurance claims, after he was said to have died in a canoeing accident off the coast of Seaton Carew.

The former prison officer also used the name of Sunderland baby John Jones, who died in the 1950s, to create a new identity for himself.

“Of course I regret doing the crime,” he said in an interview this week. “I regret actually coming back.”

He added: “Coming back I’ve lost everything.

“I’ve lost the person I was in love with. I’ve lost any sort of hope that I can have a comfortable retirement – I did have two pensions, they’ve been taken off me.

“Instead of paying the insurance back, the courts wanted every penny that we had.

“The papers say that we still have stashes of money here there and everywhere. We don’t.

“I owed £700,000, I still owe £700,000.”