‘Why did you do it, Darwin?’

Alf Jones, brother of the 'stolen baby identity' in the John Darwin case, outside the house in Avon Street, Easington Colliery, where Darwin is believed to be living.
Alf Jones, brother of the 'stolen baby identity' in the John Darwin case, outside the house in Avon Street, Easington Colliery, where Darwin is believed to be living.
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A FAMILY has gone in search of answers from kayak con man John Darwin.

The Jones siblings, from Sunderland, were dragged into the fraudster’s case after he stole the identity of their dead brother John,, to flee Britain and start a new life with his scam cash.

Now Darwin is out of jail on licence and, after being refused permission to visit him in jail, Alf Jones went to a house in Easington Colliery where the former prison officer has been seen.

The 53-year-old dad, from Pallion, was unable to speak to Darwin in person, but left a letter with a neighbour, which they agreed to pass on to the back-from-the-dead canoeist.

Mr Jones said: “It is just addressed to ‘Darwin.’ I cannot be formal with the guy.

“All I’ve put is my phone number, and that if he wants closure from us we need to talk.

“It can be with his solicitor or a probation officer there, and any location, that’s up to him.”

Ever since the con man resurfaced in 2007, after faking his own death off the coast at Seaton Carew, the close-knit Jones family has urged Darwin to fully explain why he chose baby John’s name for his elaborate hoax.

The youngster was born in the East End at St Patrick’s Garth, on March 27, 1950, the first of nine children to Alfred John Jones and his wife Lily. Five weeks premature, baby John survived just 34 days. His body was laid to rest in Sunderland Cemetery, Grangetown.

Seven of his siblings are still alive and want answers from Darwin, who angered then by claiming his identity fraud was victimless.

Mr Jones said: “His crime was an insurance scam. But you can’t insure feelings. He hurt the feelings of seven people.”

After faking his death in 2002, Darwin travelled to Panama, claiming to be John Jones, where he and wife Anne would live. He was jailed for six years and three months on seven charges of deception.

Anne was jailed for six-and-a-half years for six counts of fraud and nine of money laundering.