THE FANTASY VERSION OF PETER ‘NORMAN’ RISDON:
- Peter Risdon was a decent bloke really. Ok, he had a few minor scrapes – a run in with the law for selling spectacles illegally, a slap on the wrist for a bit of cannabis here and there. Yes, he ducked and dived like the rest of us and even met some interesting characters along the way such as DG and Brian (‘Tom’) McLaine (‘BMcL’). He did certain things that he’s now a bit ashamed of, but he was more of an adventurer than anything else and, after all, people like Robert de Niro and Lord Harris of High Cross saw the good egg in him.
- To add to the picture, he even went to University (St.Andrew’s, Prince William’s Alma Mater according to him), so he obviously had a bit of a brain.
- In the late 1980s, having worked for the Counter Spy Shop in South Audley Street in London, he set up a company called “Electronic Techniques and Services” Ltd with BMcL, an “old armed robber” as he was later to call him disparagingly in a blog (see Exhibit 52). Through that company he would provide services such as sweeping his clients’ offices for listening devices, clients that included DG.
- That company, along with another company he ran called ‘Ptarmigan’, went bust but, hey, you win some and you lose some but you keep going, don’t you, especially if you’re like the hero of some Ayn Rand novel, a “libertarian” as he has described himself in his website.
- Early in 1990, one of his clients, DG, asked him to participate in a “£25,000 book-keeping exercise” as he was to term it one year later in a statement given to police after he had just been caught attempting to retrieve a heavily-insured diamond (which he claims was in fact a dazzling fake – (see Exhibits 4-46 & Exhibit 52) from the Midland Bank using a false passport in the name of a South African individual who had recently attempted just such a fraud on another branch of the Midland Bank.
- Risdon’s book-keeping skills involved flying to New York, robbing DG and BM of some £2 Million worth of precious gems from their hotel room, tying them up, discharging a gun and then vanishing.
- Shocked to discover that this piece of creative accounting might have been a little more than it had originally seemed, and after much “soul searching”, as he was to put it in a review of DG’s book in the Daily Express some years later, Peter Risdon then decided to confess all to the police a mere month after the event, (see Exhibit 48).
- In fact such moral indignation at having been “framed” by DG and BM, together with an acute sense of civic duty had already prompted Peter Risdon to secretly bug DG’s telephone and obtain the transcripts of the telephone conversation between DG and BJ already referred to above and would later propel him, moreover, to hawk these tapes round Fleet Street where he would eventually sell them to The News of the World (See Exhibit 49).
- As far as the coincidence of entering a bank to retrieve a heavily-insured diamond using a fake passport almost exactly one year after his “book-keeping exercise” in New York is concerned (ie. March 1991), well, that was all a question of wanting to help out some “charming fellows” retrieve their property from a bank because they were too busy on the other side of the world in South Africa at the time to do so themselves (See Exhibit 52).
- And, anyway, being arrested by members of the Regional Crime Squad 9 gave him the welcome opportunity of unburdening his troubled conscience and telling the police about his “book-keeping exercise” in New York with DG and BM one year previously. His exact words in his statement given to the police were: “The events surrounding my arrest have given me the opportunity to meet police officers from Scotland Yard and, therefore, the chance to explain exactly what happened in New York.”
- Peter Risdon continues in the discharging of his civic duty by being the principal prosecution witness in the DG/BM trial and the pair are convicted in respect of the events in New York of March 1990 in February 1993.
- Time passes and our entrepreneurial hero sets up a couple of computer consultancy companies: ‘Glasir Ltd’ and ‘The Circle Squared Ltd’ which, like his previous ventures, fail (See Exhibits 50 & Exhibit 51).
- It is pointed out to Peter Risdon in one particular blog that he was disqualified as a Company Director for unfit conduct relating to these two companies (See Exhibit 52). But, no, they’ve got it all mixed-up. There was no wrong-doing. It was all a peccadillo and that’s why he was only discharged for four and a half years instead of the originally-intended six years and, anyway, it was all the fault of a fellow director who was the one actually “responsible for admin.”
- In just the same way the collapse of his previous ventures had been the fault of his colleague BMcL whose word we shouldn’t accept because he’s just “an old armed robber” (See Exhibit 52). Just as his involvement in the DG/BM affair had been their fault for “framing” him and just as his attempted diamond fraud involving the fake passport in the Midland Bank had been the fault of some “charming fellows” in South Africa who had asked him to do something which, had he thought about it, he would never have got involved with in the first place.
- In summary, Peter Risdon’s cardinal error in presenting his version of events has been to assume that people are simply very, very stupid.