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Alex Bateman was sentenced today to two years imprisonment for the theft of Flt Sgt John Fraser’s logbook. Describing his act as a ‘despicable offence’ in which he abused the trust placed on him, Judge John Dodd QC said that it remained a mystery what Bateman did with the logbook which had been loaned to him by the Dambuster’s widow, Doris Fraser.
Speaking afterwards, Fraser’s daughter Shere said: ‘It is difficult to express the emotions I feel today, but one word best describes it – relief. The stolen logbook to anyone else is just a commodity. To us it is a reminder of a loved and cherished man. Due to the greed of a dishonest man, an integral part of my family’s history has been stolen from us.’
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A great shame he doesnt have the decency to let Shere and her Mother know what really happened to the log book
I hope he is jailed for the full sentence less time served. Congratulations to Shere Fraser for her incredible tenacity. if not for her, this crime would have go unpunished.
my mistake “this crime would have gone unpunished.”
Such a shame that he has been so dishonest as he was very trusted by a lot of people & someone must know where the log book is , hopefully it will reappear , I sinecerely hope so .
Good, justice prevails but the loss of the logbook is devastating.
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Sentence nowhere near long enough, should have got two years if he disclosed the whereabouts of the logbook. Should have got 4 to 5 years for not telling where the logbook is hidden , or who he sold it to.
He will have hidden that log book away somewhere. This poor family might yet have it returned.
Can we assume that he will be incarcerated immediately but the two year sentence will begin as soon as he reveals the whereabouts of the log book?Nice thought Darryl NugentRel FSgt John P Nugent Y York
He was already in prsion Darryl, when found gulty in Jan, the Judge held him in remand untill sentence yesterday
This man is a low life dog for what he has done. I hope the log book is found and returned. Such a terrible breach of trust.