He drives a red Rolls-Royce (‘bought rather than nicked,’ she grins). He used to run a successful bleach factory.‘We were the first people to put bleach in bottles,’ he tells me, proudly.He should really be the sort of man who would run a mile from Linda Calvey and the criminal underworld she epitomises.
Applegarth pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming.
The court heard Applegarth had been told early in the online conversation in September that he was speaking to a 15-year-old boy called 'Martin'.
I accept this has had a devastating effect upon your relationship with your familiy.'Judge Bindloss said 'psychological and long lasting harm' could have been caused to a real teenager involved in such an offence.
Vince Ward, defending, said: 'This conviction destroys his hitherto good character.
So, how clever is the woman who has been billed as Britain’s most notorious female gangster? The other inmates called her Ma in prison, and you can see why. A little brassy, yes — the lead character in Lynda La Plante’s Widows was apparently based on her — but not overly so. We got chatting, and I thought to myself: “Well, this is a lovely lady here”,’ says George.‘She said she was on a day out. ”‘She said: “No, a day out from prison.”‘I said: “Blimey. It obviously wasn’t something that bad if you’re in anopen prison.”‘She said: “The thing I went down for was bad, but the point is I didn’t do it.
I am innocent.”’George — in his mid-Seventies — has had troubles of his own.
That is something which in itself is a form of punishment.'Mr Ward said Applegarth, who has never been in trouble before, has sought help from mental health services during his time in custody.
The court heard he worked as a local authority manager before his retirement.
That 18-year stint was for blasting a former lover to death with a shotgun.
Another lover was her co-defendant in the case, and was sent down, too.
I can see the headlines now: The Black Widow Strikes Again.’ For some reason she seems to find this funny.