In an earlier post I quoted Charles Foster, who runs the Dambusters Blog: “Dambuster writer and historian Alex Bateman has been charged with the theft of the logbook belonging to Flt Sgt John Fraser, who took part in the Dams Raid as the bomb aimer in John Hopgood’s crew.” Bateman’s trial began last Monday (9 January 2017) at Wood Green Crown Court.
Charles has reported proceedings in detail day by day:
Day 1: Alex Bateman on trial for the theft of a logbook belonging to Doris Fraser, the widow of Flt Sgt John Fraser, the bomb aimer in John Hopgood’s Dams Raid crew. Prosecution case begins.
Day 2: Asked if he still had the logbooks Bateman replies “I don’t have them. I don’t know where they are”. Forensic evidence regarding a Christmas Card message inviting Bateman to keep the logbook, probably forged. Bateman takes the stand.
Day 3: Cross-examination. Bateman admits to the judge he might have a photocopy of the logbook. Case adjourned.
Verdict: Bateman Guilty, jail inevitable: “Alex Bateman was told today that he will be sent to jail after being found guilty of the theft of a wartime Royal Canadian Air Force logbook. As the verdict was delivered, he bowed his head and closed his eyes. The judge then said that he had ‘lied through his teeth’ and ordered him to be remanded in custody before returning for sentence on Friday 3 February.”
Thanks to Charles Foster, Dambusters Blog.