John Darwin, the now infamous canoeist (or kayaker if your name is Danny Bloom) from Seaton Carew has been jailed for six years and three months.
If my maths is correct then that equates to 2281 days.
His wife, Anne Darwin, received a sentence of six and a half years in jail for her part in their death scam.
The couple’s assets have now been frozen as insurance companies move to recoup the £250,000 that they paid out upon Mr. Darwin’s faked death.
The asset freeze, through the Proceeds of Crime Act, extends around the world and will be centred around Panama where the couple had intended to flee to.
It is believed that the Darwins were in financial trouble and possibly facing bankruptcy when they hatched their plan to defraud John’s life insurance companies.
Police investigations, however, suggest that they may now have assets worth up to £500,000 in Panama.
The Darwin’s assets are believed to include an apartment in Panama City which may be worth around £28,000, and a plot of land that they intended to build a canoeing centre on, worth approximately £200,000.
John Darwin, who was known to like flashy cars, was also in possession of a £45,000 Toyota Land Cruiser at the time of his arrest back in December of last year.
Police will now attempt to claw back all of the assets that the Darwin’s accumulated through their fraudulent activity by using the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Additionally, the two insurance firms that were scammed – Unat Direct and Norwich Union – have commenced legal proceedings in an attempt to recoup the sums of money that the Darwins received in respect of the ‘death’ of Mr. Darwin.