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Alan Chappelow - Accused linked to MI5?

cmain
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13 Dec 2007, 23:07 #1

A friend thinks this curious story may be worthy of attention:
MI5 wants millionaire's murder trial to be held in secret amid claims defendant worked for them

By JAMES MILLS
Last updated at 22:31pm on 13th December 2007

A financial trader accused of murdering an author in his £2 million home may have links with MI5, it emerged yesterday.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is seeking to have part of the trial of Wang Yam - accused of killing 86-year-old Allan Chappelow - held in secret to protect national security, as part of his defence is expected to involve his work for the intelligent services.

Mr Chappelow, a reclusive millionaire, was found beaten to death in his Grade II listed Georgian home in Hampstead, North London, in June last year.

Police found his body under a 3ft pile of newspapers after his bank alerted them that £20,000 had been suspiciously transferred from his account and more money taken from cash machines using his debit card.

Yam, 45, who lived nearby, was arrested four months later in Switzerland.

He denies charges of murder, burglary and obtaining money by deception by pretending to be the writer.

Miss Smith has urged the Crown Prosecution Service to apply for a "gagging order" on preliminary hearings in the case and parts of the trial itself, which starts in July.

An Old Bailey judge will consider the application on January 14 after hearing objections from media organisations.

Yesterday the CPS refused to discuss the reasons behind the application.

But sources close to the investigation said that Yam was a "low-level informant" for the intelligence services and that part of his defence rested on his activities in that role.

Mr Chappelow, a Cambridge graduate, wrote several books, including Russian Holidays in 1955 and a 1962 biography of his friend George Bernard Shaw.

A fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, he worked briefly as a photographer for the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph in the 1950s.

He had lived in the house where he died for 72 years, after moving in with his parents at 14.

In the last 15 years, he became a recluse and allowed his garden to become overgrown and full of junk.

Neighbours said that he made rare trips to the library or shops on a 1940s motorbike wearing a leather helmet and an old mac tied with string.

His body lay undetected for several weeks and was found only when his bank suspected he had been a victim of identity fraud after large sums were transferred to a foreign account.

They called police because he did not have a telephone. Cheques, mail and a mobile phone were missing.

Nine days after his body was discovered, a fire broke out at the house, causing severe damage.

Critics warned last night against hearing trials in secret.

Ian Leigh, professor at the human rights centre of Durham University, said: "There is a risk to the administration of justice when this happens. A trial is not a private matter."

A CPS spokesman said: "The prosecution has already given notice that it intends to apply for an order in the case that part of the preliminary proceedings and the trial be heard in camera.

"The order is sought in order to ensure the due administration of justice."
Source: Daily Mail
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cmain
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13 Dec 2007, 23:11 #2

Why is Home Office trying to stage murder trial in secret?

Frances Gibb, Legal Editor
The Home Secretary is seeking to have the trial of a man accused of murdering a prize-winning author held in secret because the defendant may have links with British Intelligence, The Times has learnt.

Jacqui Smith has signed a “public interest immunity” certificate to have some or all of the trial for the murder of Allan Chappelow, the author of several books on the playwright George Bernard Shaw, held in camera. The highly unusual move is thought to be the first where such a “gagging order” has been sought in a murder trial.

Mr Chappelow, 86, a recluse, was found dead at his home in Hampstead, northwest London, in June last year under a pile of papers. A post-mortem examination showed that he had died from head injuries.

The defendant on trial for his murder is Wang Yam, 45, of Hampstead, who also faces charges of burglary and deception. Mr Yam, a financial trader, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

According to reports at the time, the author might have been the victim of identity theft before his death: it was said that bank officials tipped off police after becoming aware that Mr Chappelow had lost money from his account through a series of false transactions.

The Crown Prosecution Service has posted a notice at the Central Criminal Court in London, indicating that last week it applied for “part of the preliminary proceedings and trial” in the case of Regina v Wang Yam to be held in camera. The notice says: “The full grounds for the application are deliberately not set out in this Notice other than the order sought is to ensure the due administration of justice.”

All lawyers involved in the case are under orders not to discuss it. The trial is listed to take place on January 23.

A spokesman for the CPS confirmed yesterday that the PII application had been made. A hearing will be held on January 14 at which the application can be challenged — and a judge will decide whether the certificate should stand.

The general grounds under which public interest immunity may be claimed include the interests of national security and good diplomatic relations; protecting the identity of informants or sources of criminal intelligence; and where confidentiality is necessary in the interests of justice.

In the days before the discovery of Mr Chappelow’s body, £10,000 was reported to have been transferred from one of his bank accounts by a man claiming to be him. Four cheques, mail and a mobile phone were missing from his house in Downshire Hill, Hampstead. Nine days after his body was discovered on June 14, a fire broke out at the house, damaging up to 35 per cent of the ground floor and part of the basement and first floor. The house had become notorious among the smart neighbouring houses for its overgrown garden and ramshackle appearance.

Ian Leigh, professor at the human rights centre, Durham University, said that the signing of a PII certificate to have a murder trial or part of it in camera was highly unusual.

“There is a risk to the administration of justice when this happens. A trial is not a private matter: a very important aspect is that they should take place in public, particularly where public bodies are involved, because this acts as a spur to the highest standards by all involved.” He added that if it was impossible to have the trial in public without the evidence in question, then one consideration should be to drop the prosecution, “if the circumstances are such that either there would be damage to the public interest or the potential for an injustice”.

John Cooper, a criminal barrister and member of the Bar Council, said: “It is extremely unusual for any trial to be heard in camera. Open justice is one of the fundamental principles of the criminal justice system. For that to be compromised in any way means that there must be highly exceptional circumstances.”

Gagging orders

— PII certificates are normally used in trials to protect official secrets – and so they are often described as “gagging orders”

— After a minister signs a PII certificate to stop disclosure the issue then comes before a judge to decide whether the certificate can stand

— Public interest immunity, a principle of English common law developed by judges over the centuries, used to be called Crown privilege

— PII certificates may be used where evidence has been gathered in confidence, such as in child cruelty cases
Source: The Times
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cmain
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13 Dec 2007, 23:15 #3

Marginalia: Reclusive author watch
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 02/07/2006

The murder of the reclusive author Allan Chappelow evokes many responses, the least noble being to worry about oneself. Most novelists have reclusive tendencies, and even the most gregarious disappear for long periods - to hovels in the Western Isles, or holiday homes borrowed out-of-season, as they try to complete overdue novels.

No murderer seeking a candidate for a perfect crime could do better than J D Salinger or Thomas Pynchon: few people have any idea what they look like or where they live, and their publishers do not expect to hear from them any time soon.

Chappelow was not prolific. He seems to have published only three books in his 86 years: a photo-journal of a trip to Russia, and two biographies of George Bernard Shaw. He has been described as a prize-winning author, though the prize appears to have been one he received in the 1940s as a promising student. His neighbours report that for the past 15 years he had been working on a book he described as "remarkable", though no one could volunteer a subject or a title.

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The police found Chappelow buried under a mound of papers: perhaps the manuscript of this unfinished work. This is what makes his death so poignant: no one was waiting for his last thoughts. Few people had missed him in the past 15 years, let alone the weeks that he lay dead. If you live close to an author - better go knock on their door and check they are okay.
Source: Daily Telegraph
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cmain
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13 Dec 2007, 23:24 #4

Defendant's lawyer?
Kirsty Brimelow

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Specialisation: Defending in serious crime. Also, Kirsty is developing a keen interest in human rights law and international law. She worked two months on capital murder cases in Jamaica in 2006. In 2007 she is representing the Chief Justice of Tinidad in impeachment proceedings.Increasingly, Kirsty acts as a leading junior in cases prosecuted by QCs. In addition, she has represented some celebrity clients. Recent cases include : R v Vinnie Jones; R v Amos, Amos, Amos (twin sister murder); R v Alniaimy (rape and false imprisonment); R v Hume and others (substantial POCA offences); Ospina (cocaine importation); R v Kavanagh (multiple rapes and extradition case); R v L ( murder); R v J ( multiple rapes of young daughter), R v Wang Yam (murder); R v Green and others (murder); R v Elmi ('cold case' stranger rape); R v Byne (one punch manslaughter); R v Rashid (honour killing); R v L (murder).

Professional Memberships: Criminal Bar Association.South Eastern Circuit. Bar Human Rights Committee. Member of Amnesty , Reprieve, Justice, Human Rights Watch and Liberty.

Career: LLB (hons). Called to the Bar 1991 (Gray's Inn Scholar). Spokesperson for the Bar since 2000 which involves appearances on Newsnight, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, Panorama and News programmes Appeared in Management Today's list of 35 women under 35 tipped for success (2003 and 2005). Featured in The Times as 'Lawyer of the week'. Member of The Times Law panel. Elected to the Criminal Bar Association 2003-07. Member of the Bar Council Public Affairs Committee since 1999. Member of the Bar Conference Organising Board 2006 and 2007. Member of the Opinion Leader research panel. Member of the Bar Caribbean Pro Bono group 2005-07(capital punishment case work). Member of the executive of Bar Human Rights Committee 2007. Speaker on corporate manslaughter at Fire Conference 2003 and Essex Firefighters' conference 2006 and 2007. Speaker on questioning vulnerable witnesses at Young Bar Conference 2005.

Publications: Publications in The Times 2006 (capital punishment); Parliamentary Brief 2007 (Serious Crime Bill); Bar Council Fact Sheet on Rape 2007 (website); assisted in legal articles (eg. 2007 The Independent Lawyer -people trafficking)

Personal: Interests include kickboxing, kung fu, skiing, scuba diving and mountaineering.
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cmain
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13 Dec 2007, 23:30 #5

Kirsty Brimelow's friend?
The DPP, a legal blonde and the wife who'll give him a very cross examination
By RICHARD KAY
Last updated at 09:30am on 13th February 2007


He's a Cherie crony and the head of the Prosecution Service, but this pictorial evidence will open him to charges of a serious conflict of interest:
He gazes fondly into the eyes of his smiling blonde companion as they share an intimate evening out at a fashionable Thames-side eaterie.

Oblivious to dozens of other diners in the Real Greek gastro-pub, the couple only have eyes for each other. They sit tete-a-tete at the softly lit bar, nibbling souvlaki and tzatziki washed down with lager.

He murmurs in her ear and she laughs coquettishly. After an hour, they leave. He pays the £26 bill, leaving a £2 tip, no stretch for someone who earns £145,000 a year.

Surprisingly, they do not stroll the short distance to her £500,000 apartment hand-in-hand. Indeed, all affection ceases once outside the pub. As they walk, his hands stay firmly in his pockets, and her arms remain folded.

Why such formality after the romantic intimacy of the pub? Perhaps it is because the man is a married father-of-three, and his companion is not his wife.

He is Sir Ken Macdonald, QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service and newly ennobled knight of the realm.

The 54-year-old lawman at the heart of Tony Blair's legal executive is a key figure in the cash-for-honours controversy and, as co-founder of Matrix Chambers, is also a crony of Cherie Blair.

His female friend is vivacious barrister Kirsty Brimelow, 37, who has confided in friends that she is in a serious romantic relationship with a 'married senior legal figure'.

The CPS chief, who has never prosecuted a case in his career, is set to face the biggest cross-examination of his life...from his wife of 27 years and the mother of his three children, Linda, 51, a TV producer.

For months, I can reveal, Sir Ken has been using his official car and chauffeur to ferry him to and from Miss Brimelow's riverside apartment.

He instructs his driver to park discreetly around the corner, and is also picked up a short distance around the corner from Miss Brimelow's flat in a trendy block of 20 apartments on London's South Bank. After his visits, he is then driven to his office near the Old Bailey.

As he prepares to face the biggest decision of his professional life - whether anyone should be prosecuted over the cash-for-honours affair - he has been giving Miss Brimelow extra legal tuition during overnight stays at her apartment.

As the head of the state's prosecution service, a relationship with a barrister who regularly practises in the Crown Courts could lead to accusations that Sir Ken risks compromising his professional position.

There will also be concerns that a secret relationship might leave the DPP open to attempts to influence him in his post as head of the CPS, the agency responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in England and Wales.

Sir Ken's appointment in 2003 provoked accusations of 'rampant 'cronyism' from Tory MPs. Despite his formidable reputation as a defence barrister, there were concerns that he had no prosecution experience.

The closest he has ever come to a prosecution was as an Oxford student, when he was fined £75 for sending cannabis through the post.

The knighthood at the turn of the year for one of 'Cherie's cronies' also raised fresh questions about the independence of any criminal prosecutions in the cash-for-peerages affair.

He announced last autumn that he would exclude himself from any decision-making to avoid suspicion or perceived conflict of interest.

However, it is known that he receives regular briefings from Carmen Dowd, head of the Special Crime Division at the CPS, who is overseeing the police investigation.

It is she who will make the final recommendations on charges, aided by David Perry, QC, a top criminal barrister brought in to act as adviser to the CPS.

Sir Ken is also in regular contact with Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, Tony Blair's close friend, who has provoked uproar by continuing to insist that he will make the ultimate decision on whether there should be prosecutions.

Sir Ken lives with Lady Macdonald and their three children - a daughter, 25, and two sons, aged 22 and 13 - in a £1.5 million, four- storey home in North London.

His wife, nee Linda Zuck, is the managing director of Illuminations, an independent TV and media production company which produces live coverage of the Turner Prize for Channel 4.

Her husband has gone to great lengths to conceal the relationship with Kirsty, which began last summer.

The head-turningly attractive blonde, a spokesperson for the Criminal Bar Association who lists kung fu and kickboxing among her pastimes, is making a name for herself as a defence barrister, once representing hardman footballer Vinnie Jones.

She regularly appears on TV and radio - as well as being a behind-the-scenes legal adviser to BBC soap EastEnders. She shares Sir Ken's interest in human rights, acting as lawyer for Liberty and providing free legal aid to a Bosnian charity.

Miss Brimelow recently went to Jamaica on behalf of the Bar Human Rights Committee helping attorneys prepare the defence of clients on Death Row.

Not only has Management Today magazine listed her as one of the 'leading ladies' of her generation, she has also featured as 'Lawyer of the Week' in one broadsheet newspaper, and has voiced ambitions to become a Recorder - a part-time judge.

The daughter of a teacher from Chorley, Lancashire, Miss Brimelow was called to the Bar in 1991 and is based in the chambers of Andrew Trollope, QC, at 187 Fleet Street, London.

During an interview in the Daily Mail in 1999 highlighting sexual harassment in City and legal circles, Miss Brimelow recalled some unwanted attention from a senior legal colleague.

She received an unexpected present from a male admirer: a carefully wrapped package containing a negligee and a note inviting her to spend the night with him.

She barely knew the man, but he was married with children, was nearly 20 years her senior and was an influential figure at the chambers where she was working.

'I opened it after he left,' she said. 'I was stunned. On the note, he had written something like: "When we meet again, put this in your overnight bag." I was concerned about what was going to happen if I upset him. But in the end, I returned the gift with a polite note.'

Thankfully, she seems to have no such misgivings about the attentions of Sir Ken. However, news of the relationship is likely to stun his colleagues at the CPS offices.

A source at the Bar Council said: 'As far as I know, nobody at the CPS has had any inkling about this.'

When asked about his relationship with Miss Brimelow, Sir Ken would say only: 'No, no...Oh, I've got...I'm not going to talk about things like that. I'm off to work.'

Miss Brimelow was equally non-communicative. All questions about her friendship with the DPP were met with a firm: 'No comment.' When asked whether she was denying a relationship with Sir Ken, she again replied: 'No comment.'
Source: Daily Mail
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Bridget
Joined: 26 Nov 2005, 01:46

14 Dec 2007, 00:34 #6

The CNJ have a few stories on him including this:
Police are tight-lipped over cause of fire at murder scene


Dead man’s possessions dumped in skip outside home in Hampstead road

A FIRE tore through a house in Hampstead just nine days after the dead body of its reclusive owner was discovered under a pile of papers.
Police and forensic experts working on the murder investigation into the death of Allan Chappelow, 86, were still at the Downshire Hill address when the fire started at Friday lunchtime.
Police found his body in the house on June 14 following reports from Mr Chappelow’s bank that thousands of pounds were being taken from his account, prompting fears of identity theft and fraud.
Police are now keeping tight-lipped about the cause of the blaze that a fire officer at Belsize fire station confirmed caused up to 35 per cent damage on the ground floor.
Less serious fire damage was caused on the basement and first floor of the house, which became notorious for its overgrown garden and ramshackle appearance among the smart houses in one of Hampstead’s grandest roads.
In a sad twist, the burnt remains of possessions of Mr Chappelow, who was possessive of his privacy, now lie for all to see in a skip at the front of his house.
Amongst the heap of personal belongings are a letter to Mr Chappelow, or a ‘valuation for rating from the Borough of Hampstead’, dated March 29, 1963; a fire-damaged photograph of an elderly gentleman; a torn copy of a biography he wrote on the playwright George Bernard Shaw entitled “Shaw The Chucker Out”; a record, vase and some socks.
This week the celebrated official biographer of Shaw, Michael Holroyd expressed his sadness at Mr Chappelow’s “tragic end”.
Mr Holroyd, who became Shaw’s official biographer, publishing three volumes of work between 1988 and 1992, said he frequently referred to Mr Chappelow’s writing when compiling his research.
Friend Anthony Kessler, who got to know Mr Chappelow some 30 years ago as a fellow motorcycling enthusiast, described him as an intellectual who was “always interested in what you had to say”.
He recalled: “Although I knew him for 30 years he was the type of person that didn’t go to your house or invite you round.
“One time he had the flu and he asked me to go and buy him a hot water bottle and things. When I took them round he said thank you and shut the door. I think his house was his private place.”
Mr Kessler, of Primrose Hill, added he believed Mr Chappelow’s health had deteriorated in recent months.
He said: “The last time I saw him was about six months ago in Swiss Cottage library. He looked half the size of man he used to be.”
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Joined: 05 Jul 2007, 02:18

15 Jan 2008, 18:51 #7

From The Times
January 15, 2008
Trial may be abandoned if not held in secret, CPS says
Frances Gibb, Legal Editor

The Crown gave warning yesterday that it may not go ahead with the trial of a man accused of the murder of a prize-winning author unless it can hold some of the case in secret.

Mark Ellison, First Senior Treasury Counsel, said that it was a “serious possibility” that the trial of Wang Yam, 45, a financial trader, would not go ahead unless the judge grants the prosecution request for at least some of the proceedings to be held in camera.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), represented by Mr Ellison, is seeking an order for the trial of the murder of Allan Chappelow, 86, a recluse and author of several books about George Bernard Shaw. Mr Chappelow was found dead in his home in Hampstead, North London, in June.

The prosecution said that its application was on two grounds: national security and the protection of the identity of a witness or other person. Mr Ellison also confirmed that a “ministerial certificate” had been signed, seeking to protect certain evidence from disclosure to the defence.

Lawyers for Wang Yam and for seven national newspapers, including The Times, sought to challenge the CPS application before Mr Justice Ouseley at the Central Criminal Court. Geoffrey Robertson, QC, said that unless the proceedings were held in public, the defendant would suffer a “severely unfair” trial. He added that there was only circumstantial evidence linking the defendant to the murder charge, which he denied.

Mr Roberston said that if justice was not seen to be done it would not be done. “This cannot be a fair trial if the defence is not publicly heard.”

Gavin Millar, QC, for the newspapers, said that such an order in a criminal trial would be a “drastic” measure. The hearing continues.
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