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Widow 'disgusted' by cash return
Eilisa Broadhurst
Mrs Broadhurst says Bieber has no grounds for an appeal
The widow of murdered policeman Ian Broadhurst says the decision to return cash seized from her husband's killer during his arrest is "disgusting".

Police are returning 6,000 to former US Marine David Bieber because there is no evidence he gained it illegally.

Bieber was jailed for life for the shooting in Leeds on Boxing Day 2003.

Speaking at her home in Coatbridge near Glasgow, the officer's widow Eilisa said: "I think it's disgusting. I don't think he should be given it back."

The cash was seized during Bieber's arrest at a bed and breakfast hotel in Gateshead on New Year's Eve 2003.

A spokesman for his solicitors, Garstangs, said West Yorkshire Police had agreed to return the cash after a hearing at Leeds Magistrates' Court last week.

He's in prison, he shouldn't have any rights at all
Eilisa Broadhurst

The cash is expected to be passed from West Yorkshire Police to Bieber, via his solicitor, in the form of a cheque within the next 28 days.

Mrs Broadhurst said: "He's in prison, he shouldn't have any rights at all."

Bieber, who always denied murdering the policeman, has hinted that he is ready to launch an appeal against his convictions.

But Mrs Broadhurst said she doubted whether Bieber had any grounds for an appeal and said he should take his punishment "like a man."

Tom McGhie, chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, also claimed any appeal would be a waste of money and said his cash should have been handed to his victims and their families.

He said: "My view is that David Bieber was convicted on the clearest of evidence and any money he decides to spend [on an appeal] would be wasted.

"There is no reason he should get it back. He is a convicted murderer. That cash should go to the victims and their families."




SEE ALSO:
Killer gets seized cash returned
06 Jun 05 |  West Yorkshire
Police murderer jailed for life
02 Dec 04 |  England


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