New Luvaglio book backs claims of innocence


We have talked about Michael Luvaglio’s bid to clear his name on Coin-op Community before, now a new book backs his claims of innocence.

Steven Lytton, who works in the industry has written a book which is published on September 28 aiming to clear the rumours and myths surrounding the notorious murder of Angus Sibbett in 1967.

Sibbet’s bullet-ridden body was found in the back of his E-Type Jaguar under Pesspool Bridge in South Hetton, County Durham and became known as the One Armed Bandit murder.

Steven originally believed Michael Luvaglio and Dennis Stafford – the men who were convicted of murder – had been behind the infamous killing.

Now – as Luvaglio reveals the bounty for clearing his name has reached £30,000 – Steven, who was born in Houghton-le-Spring and now lives in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, has combed the facts of the case and has put his findings into a book called Mark X.

He said, “Since I was knee-high there were always rumours going around and when I left school I started working in the gaming industry preparing fruit machines.

“Going around the clubs everyone had a tale to tell and I was always interested in it. Everyone was saying the wrong man was sent down but I always just thought there was no smoke without fire.

“But there are so many inconsistencies in the prosecution case. Forty miners who passed the crime scene were adamant that there was no damage to the car and that there was no body inside.”

Luvaglio spent 12 years in some of Britain’s most notorious prisons with his accomplice Stafford, before the pair were released on life licence.

The 74-year-old has posted evidence online that he claims clears him of the crime for which he served more than a decade in prison.

The book is available from Amazon on September 28 and will also be available for Kindle.

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