It’s always family, eh?

The former daughter-in-law of fugitive security guard “Fast Eddie” has been paid a five-figure reward for alerting the police to his location.

Eddie Maher was caught nearly 20 years after he stole £1.2m from a security van in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in 1993, and later sentenced to five years in prison.

Jessica King, his former daughter-in-law, is now believed to have got around £10,000 for the information which led to his arrest in the United States.

Ms King, 29, had originally hoped to bank a £100,000 reward for the tip-off but is believed to have received just one-tenth of that amount.

The larger reward, offered by van operator G4S, was conditional on Maher, a former London fireman, being captured and the cash haul recovered.

She’ll be rather looking over her shoulder……

10 thoughts on “It’s always family, eh?”

  1. Well, maybe. If they really thought it was going to be 100 grand, Eddie might have considered that fair pay for 5 years.

  2. So Much for Subtlety

    Five years for £1.2 million? Of course it depends on what sort of prison he is in, but I can think of a lot of people who would agree to five years inside for £1.2 million.

    That’s £240,000 a year.

    Not much of a deterrent is it?

  3. The in-laws. You need to be careful how you choose them.
    I’m reminded of Gibbon’s joke about the Roman matriarch who put her daughter in the convent of the Brides of Christ. Because she wanted to be God’s mother-in-law.

  4. @SMFS, it would really make more sense to put these guys inside until they have returned what is left of the loot, whether that takes 3 days or 30 years.

  5. BiG, we could call them debtors prisons.

    She can hide out at our 6 bedroom place in Aus as long she can clean and mow the lawn. We’ll even pay her $35/hour, she’ll soon close the gap between $10k and $100k.

  6. He got prison for redistributing wealth?
    You will never get rid of unequality if thats all the reward a bloke gets.

  7. So Much for Subtlety

    Bloke in Germany – “it would really make more sense to put these guys inside until they have returned what is left of the loot, whether that takes 3 days or 30 years.”

    The law has to deter as well as make restitution. Punishing people to the level of what they took is not much of a deterrence. The pay off is too good. Perhaps we should fine him ten times what he took? Or twice? At this point I don’t think it matters as he is old and now has no pension. He won’t be earning a lot or restoring his nest egg. Come what may, he will end up costing us all a lot.

    Perhaps they should have just hanged him.

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