COMMENTS ON POLICE INTERVIEW OF WILLIAM DAVIS –
RISDON’S CO-CONSPIRATOR – 10TH SEPTEMBER 1991
This exhibit should be read in conjunction with Exhibits 8, 9 & 10, (Risdon’s interviews with police under caution having just been arrested attempting to retrieve a diamond from the Midland Bank using a forged passport), and the comments thereon.
Reference should also be made to Exhibit 49 and the comments thereon which trace the excuses given over the years by Risdon to justify his involvement in DG and BM’s New York heist and his subsequent grassing.
In addition, reference should be made to Exhibit 52 in which Peter Risdon attempts to provide an answer for what he was doing in the Midland Bank with a forged passport at the time of his arrest by police and in which he simply digs himself into a deeper hole.
As the police officers conducting the interview with Risdon make perfectly clear in Exhibits 8, 9 & 10, it does not take Albert Einstein to work out exactly what Risdon’s intentions had been and in this particular exhibit, in which British police have flown to South Africa to interview Peter Risdon’s co-conspirator, the investigating officer sums up the position with perfect clarity:
“Do you know Peter Risdon?
… I will then put this to you that you obtained or manufactured this replica rough diamond containing a small genuine diamond and brought that from South Africa to the UK. You offered this for sale as a genuine item knowing it to be nearly worthless. You subsequently deposited (it) at a bank and arranged for insurance for the stone with the intention of defrauding the insurance company of half a million pounds. You produced in obtaining the insurance a false fraudulent document. You then instructed your fellow conspirator (Peter Risdon) in this matter to retrieve the stone by means of retrieving it from the bank using a forged passport in your own identity. Your intention was to obtain the insurance money and to sell the replica as genuine…” (See pages 7-9).
The excuses given by Peter Risdon for his having tried to retrieve the diamond in question from the Midland Bank using a forged passport in the name of his co-conspirator, who happened to have attempted a very similar scam at a different branch of the same bank sometime previously, constitute classic Risdon: a laughable attempt to deceive readers whom he considers too stupid to work things out for themselves. (See Exhibit 52)
Risdon then has the gall to accuse others of assuming that their readership are unintelligent (See Exhibit 48 and comments thereon)
This is interesting, given what he says to police at the end of his second interview with them on 12th March 1991 and where he confesses his guilt – at least as far his attempt to deceive the bank is concerned:
“I’m not going to insult your intelligence.” (See Exhibit 10)