Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ripper Case Bail Refused

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ripper Case Bail Refused

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Byline: By Matt Casey

The man accused of being the notorious Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer Wearside Jack has been refused bail by a judge.

John Humble, 49, of Flodden Road, Ford Estate, Sunderland, made his first appearance before a judge yesterday at Leeds Crown Court.

Humble is accused of perverting the course of justice in connection with a series of letters and an audio tape which were sent to West Yorkshire Police during the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper in the late 1970s, purporting to be from the murderer.

Humble was not in court for the 30-minute hearing, but appeared via a video link from Leeds Jail. An application for bail on his behalf by David Taylor, defending, was refused by the judge, the Recorder of Leeds, Norman Jones.

Humble is due to appear again for a plea and directions hearing at Leeds Crown Court on January 9.

Unemployed Humble was arrested a week ago by West Yorkshire Police officers who travelled to his home in Sunderland. …

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