TURBULENCE IN THE UNDERWORLD
A Statement by Frankie Fraser
Thank you to all those people who have contacted me and
asked for my opinion on the arrest of the highly self-hyped
Most of you have expressed disgust at the charge he faces
and if the allegations are true, all respected members of
the underworld will share your disgust.
However, at this stage they are only allegations and we
all know that under English law, and all democratic law, a
man is innocent until proven guilty.
For those of you who do not know the circumstances Dave
Courtney was stopped on the M6 motorway by members of the
powerful CIB3 squad at Scotland Yard and charged with
supplying false information on alleged drug dealers.
In other words they are saying that Dave Courtney is a
According to the prosecution, a Simon A James who is
locked into a bitter custody action with his wife over their
18 months old son, is said to have paid private investigator
John Rees £6,000 for his help in arranging, with a
serving police officer, to setup the estranged wife of James
on drug charges.
The object of this conspiracy, according to the
prosecution, was to make Mrs. James appear to be an unfit
mother and force the courts to deny her custody of her
This is a despicable charge, if it is true, and would
make any self respecting person violently sick.
I know, or know of, every respected villain in the
underworld and I can honestly say that I do not know of one
who would be involved in such a contemptible crime. If there
was one he would not be respected and would be made an
In fact, the 'chaps' always get very angry with those
involved in 'fit-ups' and to try and ensnare, as the police
allege, an innocent mother has to be one of the worst - if
not the worst.
Horseferry Road Magistrates have remanded James and Rees
in custody, and Dave Courtney was granted
£50,000 bail. A decision on whether to grant bail to
the two policemen was deferred.
Most of the calls to me complained that only the mid-week
edition of the South London Press carried the story and that
it was ignored by the national press.
This is not the first time that there appears to be
censorship on an important story by the national press and
this is a serious, and worrying, trend.
People demand of newspapers the truth and to have the
guts to tell the truth no matter what pressures are placed
on them. Any editor, or journalist, who shirks this
responsibility is a disgrace to his profession and should be
hounded out of the business.
I will keep you up-to-date with the inside information on
the Dave Courtney case and that is one of the blessings of
If there had been web sites in the 60's and we could have
rebutted the lies, Charlie Richardson would never have been
sentenced to 25 years for the media labeled 'Torture Trial'
and Eddie and me would not have got 10 years each.
Today we don't have to rely upon newspapers but that
still does not diminish their responsibility to their
readers-and to themselves.