UK detectives appealed for fresh information regarding the suspected
contract killing of John “Goldfinger” Palmer.
They backed the appeal with a £100,000 reward for information.
The 65-year-old, once described as Britain’s richest criminal, earned
his nickname after smelting gold from the £26 million Brinks-Mat
bullion heist at Heathrow in 1983.
Palmer was shot dead in the grounds of his Essex mansion in June 2015,
a month after he was charged with timeshare fraud, money-laundering
and firearms offences in Spain.
At the time police attributed Palmer’s death to natural causes and
failed to notice that Palmer had been shot five times, believing that
the wounds stemmed from recent gall bladder surgery.
Following the Madrid trial in which several of Palmer’s business
associates were found guilty of selling spurious timeshares and
package holidays, police hope for a change of heart and loyalties
amongst career criminals.
“There is always nervousness within the underworld when a trial
looms,” said Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings who heads the
“Now that it is over people might feel they can talk to us.”
The key to solving Palmer’s murder lies within the criminal
underworld, Jennings added.
The Superintendent also revealed that no evidence supports speculation
that Palmer was a key player in the Hatton Garden jewel robbery two
months before his death.
Nor was there any proof that Palmer was planning a deal with Spain’s
Prosecution Department in a bid to have the fraud charges against him
dropped, Jennings said.