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Donald Hume is best known for beating a murder charge in England and then being caught for another murder in Switzerland.
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Chief Inspector amieson and Superintendent MacDougall interrogated Hume at the Albany Street Police Station, although he kept up a convincing plea that he had nothing to do with the murder. He denied that he owned a car, which appeared futile when he was then asked about the 'parcels' he took on board the hired plane.
Realizing that petty lies were not going to get him off the hook,
Hume concocted an elaborate story about how he had been offered 150 pounds by three shady smugglers who he only knew as Mac, Greeny and The Boy. The men asked him to drop off the parcels by plane into the sea. Hume made out that he was desperate for the money and only later realized that the situation was very suspect. Despite his convincing act the officers did not believe him. After forensics had swept his apartment, they discovered bloodstains under the floorboards.
Hume's trial took place on the January l8, 1950 in London. Hume stuck to his story that he had not seen Setty on the day of his murder. He also maintained that the bloodstains had come about because of the parcels having been in his flat. It was left to the jury to make up its own mind on this and the story Hume stuck to that he had carried out an errand for three smugglers.
The defense managed to find a witness who admitted that had worked in Paris with a gang of car smugglers. His description of the men and some of the names seemed to correlate to Hume's story. The jury were left to ponder whether the gang really existed, and that Hume had been an unwilling accomplice.
The judge addressed the jury and laid out the various facts and assumptions they had to make. Could Hume's story about the three men delivering parcels containing Setty's body parts be true, especially when the men had no idea when Hume's wife and child would be at home? Hume also claimed that one of the men pointed a gun at him, but why asked the judge would these men trust someone they had only met a few days before? Finally, he reminded the jury that if there was any doubt in the jurors' minds about what happened, then they were compelled to return a verdict of not guilty.
On the January 20, 1950, the jury retired at noon after the judge's last words. It took less than three hours for an astonishing verdict to be announced; that they all failed to agree. Hume himself was baffled and elated that he had not heard the word guilty, for he knew he was now not going to hang.
After 12 more jury members were sworn in, the one indictment that Hume was found guilty of was of being an accessory after the fact to murder. When Hume was asked if pleaded guilty or not guilty to this charge the canny murderer replied in the affirmative.
Hume was sentenced to just 12 years in prison.
Donald Hume was released from Dartmoor Prison on February 1, 1958. As he had earned maximum remission for good behavior he had only served eight years. Despite having been incarcerated and separated from his wife, child and adored dog, Hume still had a grievance against society.
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