New book probes gangland murder case

Steven Lytton and his book 'Mark X' about the murder of Angus Sibbett in South Hetton in the early 1960's
Steven Lytton and his book 'Mark X' about the murder of Angus Sibbett in South Hetton in the early 1960's
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A BOOK about a notorious Wearside murder has been given the thumbs-up by one of the men convicted of the killing.

Convicted murderer Michael Luvaglio thinks Sunderland writer Steven Lytton’s story is a “good and fair read”, claims the author.

The book, Mark X, tells the story of the night Angus Sibbet was found murdered in South Hetton on January 5, 1967.

Michael Luvaglio and Dennis Stafford, both former colleagues of the victim, were jailed for the crime, despite witnesses placing them in a Newcastle nightclub at the time of the attack.

Mr Lytton, of Shiney Row, sent Michael Luvaglio a copy of the book to get his thoughts.

He said: “Mr Luvaglio has always claimed he was innocent, so I sent him a copy. I grew up around the story and we were always told the wrong men were sent down.”

Luvaglio and Stafford were jailed for 12 years and were released on licence in 1979.

Steven spent more than a year researching the book and looking at withheld witness statements that shed new light on the night.

Angus Sibbet’s body was discovered at 5:15am in a damaged parked Jaguar car at Pesspool Bridge. He had been shot at close range.

“This is a book about who didn’t do it, not who did,” said Steven. “It wasn’t too difficult to research, but my main issue was sifting through the truth and the hearsay.

“I’m just laying out what I’ve found so people can decide for themselves.”

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