Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London's Own Tony Soprano. EVIL GANGSTER WHO RULED THE CAPITAL WAS SO RICH HE COULD RETIRE AT 35

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London's Own Tony Soprano. EVIL GANGSTER WHO RULED THE CAPITAL WAS SO RICH HE COULD RETIRE AT 35

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON;JUSTIN DAVENPORT

THE full extent of the evil criminal empire of notorious north London gangster Terry Adams was revealed at the Old Bailey today.

Adams traded on his feared family name "like a board of directors would guard a trademark," the court was told.

The 52-year-old, London's real-life version of TV mobster Tony Soprano, earned so much money illegally he was able to live "the dream" and retire at 35. His life involved flying first class around the world, staying in exclusive hotels, particularly on the Italian Lakes Riviera, and indulging himself and his family with watches, jewellery. He also funded his daughter's private education.

"Whenever the need for money arose, cash appeared," said Andrew Mitchell QC, prosecuting.

When he was arrested in April 2003 at his mansion in Arkley, just outside Barnet, police found more than [pounds sterling]50,000 in cash hidden in a shoe box, "no doubt as pocket money".

Police moved in after months of secretly recording Adams speaking freely and openly in his own home.

Astonishing and frightening excerpts from the surveillance tapes were played in court.

On one occasion, in September 1997, Adams tells an associate about a past row over money. "When I hit someone with something I do them damage," he said. "A hundred grand it was, Dan, or 80 grand and I went crack. On my baby's life Dan, his knee cap came right out there ... all white Dan, all bone and white...," he continues.

Adams faces a major prison term today when he is sentenced for laundering the proceeds of his last five years of crime.

Detectives believe the figure is as high as [pounds sterling]2 million in cash but represents-only the tip of the iceberg of his wealth.

Alongside him in the dock is Joanna Barnes, the widow of Adams's former financial advisor, Solly Nahome, who was murdered in 1998. …

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