JEREMY Thorpe’s ex-lover has called for justice to be served after the alleged hit man who police said died years ago was reportedly found alive.
Norman Scott blasted the police and prosecutors’ handling of the 1975 conspiracy case as a “cover up” following the revelation Andrew Newton “may not be dead”.
Mr Scott told the Mail On Sunday: “It is utterly shameful.”
The former male model says he was driven to a remote spot by a man who fatally shot his Great Dane named Rinka but when the gunman turned his weapon on him it jammed.
He maintained he had had an affair with the Liberal Party leader in the 1960s, when homosexuality was illegal in Britain, and that Thorpe wanted to silence him.
Newton, an airline pilot, was convicted of firearms offences over the shooting of the dog and admitted he was hired to kill Mir Scott after being released from jail in 1977.
The revelation implicated Thorpe and three other men in the plot, and they were tried and acquitted of conspiracy to murder in 1979.
In 2015, new information led Gwent Police to reopen the investigation – but it was closed last year after concluding Newton was dead.
But yesterday the force told the BBC it had “identified information which indicates that Mr. Newton may still be alive” and will reopen the investigation.
Mr Scott last night told the Mail: “I never believed Newton was dead, even though the Crown Prosecution Service told me categorically, in writing, last year that he was.
“The whole affair was covered up by the Establishment at the time and – until now – it seemed to me that Gwent Police was covering it up again.”
The newspaper claims to have tracked Newton down to an address in Dorking, Surrey, where he is living under his alias Hann Redwin.
When approached by reporters, his partner said he “wasn’t interested” in talking about the latest development.
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Following the scandal, Thorpe’s political career was ruined, and he stayed out of the public eye until his death in 2014.
The case is back in the spotlight thanks to the miniseries “A Very English Scandal,” which stars Hugh Grant as Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as Mr Scott.
Mr Scott, who has long accused the authorities of burying evidence to protect Thorpe, told the BBC that police hadn’t done enough to find Newton and “were continuing the cover up as far as I can see.”
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