Sunderland family rejects ‘grave robber’ Darwin’s apology

Alf Jones, whose brothers identity was 'stolen' by John darwin (below).
Alf Jones, whose brothers identity was 'stolen' by John darwin (below).
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THE brother of a baby whose identity was stolen by canoe conman John Darwin has rejected his apology.

In a TV interview Darwin said sorry to relatives of John Jones, the dead Sunderland baby whose name he took to live his fake life in Panama.

Dated: 24/01/2011'John Darwin, the ' Canoe man' who faked his own death to escape debts,  leaving Durham County Council offices  in Easington  this morning after his release from prison.' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Dated: 24/01/2011'John Darwin, the ' Canoe man' who faked his own death to escape debts, leaving Durham County Council offices in Easington this morning after his release from prison.' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

But Alf Jones, of Pallion, today refused to accept that the fraudster, who faked his own death, was sorry and again demanded a face-to-face meeting.

The 54-year-old said: “This isn’t an apology in any way, shape or form towards the Jones family.

“The only way we can accept his apology is if he sits down round a table with me like a man.

“He said he wants closure, and I’m prepared to give that to him, but only if he comes face to face with me and answers the questions I have.”

Mr Jones has attempted to contact Darwin several times, including requesting to see him when he was behind bars and delivering two handwritten letters to his home when he was in Easington Colliery on licence from jail.

But he has been turned away each time with the former teacher and prison officer, now of Hartlepool, refusing to see him.

Mr Jones said: “I’ve got a lot of questions I need answering.

“The way I see it is the only victims of this scam are the Jones family, and I’m pleased my parents aren’t here to see all this.

“John Darwin is known as the canoe man. But to our family he’s known as John Darwin the grave robber, and that’s all he is.”

During the TV interview, Darwin apologised to the pain he caused victims, including the Joneses.

The conman had applied for a passport under the name of John Jones after discovering he had died at just 34 days old in 1950, in Sunderland’s East End.

He said: “When I required a passport I knew I would have to have certain documents, and one was a birth certificate.

“I picked out of the records one that was born more or less the same time as me. It could have been anyone.

“I am sorry for my crime and for any harm or hurt it has caused anyone else. There was no malice intended.”

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