Newspaper Articles on the Trial of three Board of Deputies' agents Caught Red-Handed as Burglars
November 28, 1963
'SECRET PAPERS' - THREE ACCUSED
Story of raid on an author's home
Highgate magistrates were told today that there was a "political background" to a case in which three men were alleged to have posed as GPO engineers to get into the home of David Irving, author of the controversial war book Destruction of Dresden.
Mr. Ivan Lawrence, QC,
defending[*], told the
Court: "This is a matter which has some political background
to it. It is not a case of three young men embarking on a
career of crime."
Police-Sergt. Fred Tavener said the three men, who
were accused of breaking and entering, got into the home of
Mr. Irving, of Alyn Court, Crescent Road, Hornsey, yesterday
afternoon.He went to the house in answer to a call from Mr.
Irving, who told him: "These three men say they are GPO
engineers but I don't believe them."
* Lawrence, now Sir Ivan Lawrence QC [right] was the leader of the clique of Members of Parliament who tabled an Early Day Motion under Parliamentary privilege designed to smear Mr Irving in June 1989. Since the third of the malefactors, David F., was ultimately acquitted on a technicality and did not commit further offences against Free Speech we have omitted his full name from this site.
** Manny Carpel began however a life of crime, being imprisoned for an arson offence in 1983 and for antique furniture frauds more recently.
November 29, 1963
"POLITICS" HINT IN BREAK- IN CHARGE
Highgate magistrates were told
yesterday of a "political background" to a case in which
three men posed as GPO engineers to get into the home of Mr.
David Irving, author of "The Destruction of
THREE BAILED ON BREAK-IN CHARGE
men accused of breaking into the Hornsey home of historian
David Irving with intent to commit a felony, appeared
on remand at Highgate today and were again remanded on bail
December 18, 1963
Bogus GPO men tried to grab Nazi papers
Historian tells of trio who came to test phone
Three young men tricked their way
into historian Mr. David Irving's flat by posing as
GPO engineers, Highgate Magistrate were told
Opening the prosecution case Mr. Henry Hargrave
said:"You might regard this as a rather unbelievable
Mr. Irving said, that Gable told him a large rewiring
scheme was in hand in the area and said they were increasing
January 15, 1964
JEWS RAIDED FLAT "SEEKING NAZI PAPERS"
DAILY TELEGRAPH REPORTER
TWO young Jews who broke into the
flat of a man they believed was a Fascist hoped to find
political material which they could take to the Special
Branch, said Mr.John Mathew, defence counsel, at
Middlesex Sessions yesterday.
Mr. Kenneth Richardson, prosecuting, said Carpel
and Gable broke into the flat by posing as GPO engineers and
arranged to return later. Mr. Irving checked with the Post
Office and found their story was untrue.
January 17, 1964
Three fined for breaking into author's flat
When three young men were charged
with breaking into the flat of Mr. David Irving, an
historian and author of "The Destruction of Dresden," one of
them told the police officers: "This man is a fascist. We
got in because we wanted to get some of his books and
papers, as he knows a lot of Nazis who are top
Carpel and Gable pleaded guilty. F. pleaded not guilty
and the prosecution offered no evidence in his case. On the
direction of the deputy chairman (Mr. T.R. Fitzwalter
Butler) the jury returned a formal verdict of not guilty
in the case of F.
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