December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A fugitive Mafia boss wanted by the Italian authorities told officers who arrested him ‘I’m not going back, they will kill me’, a court heard.
Domenico Rancadore, 64, who was discovered living in a London suburb, is wanted to serve a seven-year jail term for his role as ‘a man of honour’ in the Cosa Nostra.
He was denied bail for a second time at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning after being arrested earlier this month at his family home in Uxbridge.
Prosecutor Aaron Watkins told the court there were ‘overwhelming grounds’ to suspect Rancadore would have gone on the run if he had been granted bail.
Rancadore lived with his English wife Anne Skinner in Uxbridge, and the court heard he had offered the house as a surety for bail, in addition to £10,000.
But District Judge Purdy said: “It seems to me clear that if you are released on bail there is a risk you will disappear.
“Your family has every reason to support you in that course of action.
“I can see no grounds to grant you bail and be satisfied that you will return.”
Mr Purdy said Rancadore would appear before the same court via video link on September 20.