her employ but he could contact Mr Gerald Sedgemore in Coventry and he would confirm that all she was saying was true. She put a forwarding address in the letter
hoping that Gerry would cover for her.
She told Edward that she would explain everything when she returned in the New Year and that she loved him very much.’
Gerald Sedgemore stood in the dock trying to defend his client Thomas Richards a well known gangster and racketeer. He stood accused of the murder of another well known hoodlum called Jamie McDonald. Apparently there was bitter rivalry between the two families. Tommy Richardson warned McDonald about trying to muscle in on his patch in the London’s west end. McDonald ignored his threats and Tommy went around to the Double Six a casino that McDonald had just taken over. He threatened to torch the place if the owner didn’t sell it to him at a give away price.
The owner a little Korean known Locally as Johnny Early (Jong Il Soon) went to Tommy asking for his help and paid him over two thousand pounds to make him go away. No mention of murder was ever spoken of. Johnny Early just wanted his club back.
Tommy and his gang went tool handed to the Double Six Club. They coshed the doorman over the head and he fell in a heap on the pavement as they made their way up the stairs to the club. They knew that Jamie McDonald would be there collecting the cash from that evenings takings. Many Chinese and Koreans spent vast sums of money in the place and it was turning over ten grand a night.’
Tommy crept up to the office without being seen; he burst into the office and blasted McDonald in the face with a Tommy gun (he liked the name of the weapon). He was dead before his body hit the floor. He then raided the safe and took a bag containing over fifty thousand pounds. Then calmly walked out of the club and got into a car and drove away. When the word got back to Jamie’s older brother Andrew; they waited a few months before kidnapping Tommy’s younger brother Sid. He was beaten with clubs around the face and body then his throat was cut. The drove past The Jack of Clubs and dumped his body in the rubbish bin in a back alley and drove away.
More threats were made on both sides until a Chinese woman who was a cleaner in the club had used the toilet she saw Tommy leaving the office after hearing shots being fired. She hid behind the toilet door until they left then discovered Jamie’s body. She pointed him out in court as the man who was carrying the machine gun.
In cross Gerald’s cross examination he tried to break the witness down saying that she could have been mistaken. Kim Wong was adamant that Tommy was the man who she saw that night. She described the clothes and the weapon that he had carried that night. The police had recovered the jumper that had Jamie McDonalds blood on it from Tommy’s house soon after the killing. Tommy said it had been put there by a rival gang in order to frame him. For two whole weeks the trial went on.
It looked hopeless for Richards and he was facing a death penalty.
A letter was pushed through Gerald Sedgemore’s door warning him if he couldn’t find a witness willing to say that she was with him on the night of the crime then he would be shot.
He went to see Muriel to ask her what he should do.’