Po­lice hunt Lord Lu­can af­ter mur­der

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

De­tec­tives are search­ing for Bri­tish aris­to­crat Lord Lu­can, fol­low­ing the mur­der last night of his chil­dren’s nanny and an at­tack on his es­tranged wife.

The Sev­enth Earl of Lu­can, aged 39, has not been seen since yes­ter­day.

Late last night po­lice were called to the fam­ily home in Lower Bel­grave Street in Lon­don.

They found the body of 29-year-old San­dra Rivett, nurse to the cou­ple’s three chil­dren, tied up in a sack.

She had been beaten to death with what is be­lieved to have been a piece of lead pipe.

Her killer is thought to have been drag­ging her out of the house when he was dis­turbed by Lord Lu­can’s es­tranged wife, 35-year-old Lady Veron­ica Lu­can.

The at­tacker then beat Lady Lu­can about the head but she man­aged to es­cape and make her way to the near­est pub, the Plum­bers’ Arms.

She had blood pour­ing from sev­eral wounds on her head and was plead­ing for help. She is re­ported to have said: “Mur­der, mur­der, I think my neck has been bro­ken - he tried to kill me.

“I think I am dy­ing. Please look af­ter my chil­dren, my chil­dren.”

She is now be­ing treated in St Ge­orge’s Hospi­tal and has given po­lice a de­scrip­tion of her at­tacker.

Her chil­dren – Lord Ge­orge Bing­ham, aged seven, Lady Frances Bing­ham, aged 10 and Lady Camilla Bing­ham, aged four are be­ing looked af­ter.

Po­lice said the chil­dren, who were made wards of court ear­lier this year, were un­aware of the at­tack on their mother last night.

Af­ter the body was found, po­lice went to an ad­dress in Ea­ton Rd, where Lord Lu­can has been liv­ing.

Neigh­bours saw them break down the door and burst in and one of­fi­cer smashed a down­stairs win­dow.

Lord Lu­can’s car, a Dat­sun, was later found aban­doned in White­hall and taken away for ex­am­i­na­tion.

Lord and Lady Lu­can mar­ried in 1963. Lord Lu­can suc­ceeded to the earl­dom the fol­low­ing year.

Di­vorce pro­ceed­ings be­gan ear­lier this year and the cou­ple had been liv­ing apart for some time.

A car be­lieved to have been used by Lord Lu­can, for­merly Richard John Bing­ham, was found aban­doned at the port of Ne­whaven three days later.

This prompted a fruit­less search by po­lice and spec­u­la­tion that he had drowned him­self in the English Chan­nel.

Seven months later an inquest jury de­clared Lord Lu­can guilty of mur­der.

The earl’s ver­sion of events – as told to friend Su­san Max­well-Davis be­fore he dis­ap­peared – was that he in­ter­vened in a strug­gle be­tween an un­known as­sailant and his wife.

Oth­ers con­tend he or a hired hit­man in­tended to kill Lady Lu­can but mur­dered Mrs Rivett by mis­take.

In July 1999 the Lord Chan­cel­lor turned down the ap­pli­ca­tion from Lord Lu­can’s son, Ge­orge Bing­ham, to take up his fa­ther’s seat in the House of Lords be­cause he couldn’t pro­vide proof that his fa­ther had died.

He was of­fi­cially de­clared dead in Oc­to­ber 1999 and his fam­ily was fi­nally granted pro­bate.

In Oc­to­ber 2004, Scotland Yard re-opened the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der, ex­am­in­ing ex­ist­ing po­lice ev­i­dence and us­ing DNA pro­fil­ing to try to solve the case.

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