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On January 5,1967 at 5:15 am, Angus's body was found crumpled in the back of his Mark X Jaguar at Pesspool Bridge in South Hetton, County Durham, by a miner named Tom Leak who was returning home from the his shift at the local colliery. Michael Luvaglio was wrongfully convicted alongside Dennis Stafford in 1967 for the murder of Angus Stuart Sibbett - a fruit machine collector for Social Club Services. That evening, the two accused were taken in for questioning by the Durham Police in Peterlee and subsequently arrested and charged with the murder of Angus Sibbett. Although they were nowhere near South Hetton that night and had witnesses to verify this, the Prosecution managed to build a case against them, based purely on circumstantial evidence. This evidence led to their conviction. The police investigation was rushed, the trial was pushed through at record speed and the case was wrapped up in only 9 weeks - hardly enough time to conduct a proper investigation and prepare for a murder trial! Usually in a case of this magnitude, it is normal practice to give the Defence ALL witness statements gathered from the police investigation. However, in our case, statements taken from at least 50 witnesses were withheld from Defence, Jury and Judge. These statements all verified our innocence. It is also beyond belief that in an intensive police investigation of the murder scene, which was carried out, vital exhibits found that should have been scrutinized for forensic evidence, which may have led to the identification of the murderers, disappeared whilst in police possession. Where did they disappear to? Why?
Blood was found at the murder scene, which came from the murder victim. Blood was also found at the murder scene, which DID NOT belong to Angus Sibbett. During the investigation, blood samples were taken from both Stafford and Luvaglio. It turned out that the blood found in the car DID NOT match the blood group of Angus Sibbet, Dennis Stafford or Michael Luvaglio. Whose blood was it? Why was this not investigated further? Would this not have led them to the real murderer/s? The Police did not take any action to discover from whom the blood came. Fingerprints were also found at the murder scene by Chief Inspector Sams and Sergeant Midgley of the Northern Fingerprint Headquarters, but NONE of the fingerprints found belonged to Stafford, Luvaglio or Sibbett. The fingerprints were found on the 6th January 1967, just a few hours after Stafford and Luvaglio were charged with murder. This evidence was suppressed by the police and 45 years later, the police are still denying that fingerprints were found. The police never bothered to investigate who the fingerprints they found belonged to, they just denied the existence of them, although written evidence of fingerprints are recorded in both Chief Inspector Sams and Sergeant Midgley's police notebooks. In the days and weeks to follow, the men were tried for Sibbett's murder and given a LIFE sentence.
Stafford and Luvaglio were as different as night and day. Stafford was a man with a considerable police record and had managed to successfully dupe the law in the past on several occasions, having escaped twice from a maximum security prison and managing to flee the country under an alias name, he was always one step ahead of the police. Needless to say, this damaged the credibility of Britain's Police Force, and they did not take kindly to being made to look like fools. They had been outsmarted by a petty thief and they wanted to teach Stafford a lesson as well as win back their already tainted reputation for showing incompetence in keeping criminals behind bars. In 1966 Luvaglio met Dennis Stafford (aka Fielding) when he was hired by his brother Vince Landa (Luvaglio) to manage one of their night clubs in Newcastle. However, Luvaglio did not know him as Dennis Stafford, rather by the alias name he was hired under - Fielding. The first time Stafford's real name was revealed to him was at the police station by the interrogating officers when he was questioned by police about Angus's murder.