Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Biggs Is Not Faking Illness to Con Way out of Jail, Says Son

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Biggs Is Not Faking Illness to Con Way out of Jail, Says Son

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Byline: Nigel Rosser

THE son of Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs today dismissed suggestions that his father's ill health was part of a con to get him freed from prison on compassionate grounds.

Michael Biggs, 34, also hit out at claims that his father -- whose condition improved after his release last week -- had been exploiting him for years and defended his right to freedom.

In an exclusive interview with the Standard, Michael Biggs said: "The thought he's been pretending to be nearly dead with pneumonia, spending hours trying to ingest food through a tube for the last few years, and then suddenly rising, Lazarus-like, from his sickbed to live the life of Riley, is both absurd and very hurtful."

Biggs, 80, will return home from hospital early next week, his son revealed. It had been hoped that he would be discharged this afternoon but doctors have insisted on further tests before he travels from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to a nursing home in Barnet.

Michael Biggs said: "My father remains a very sick man who is entering the last chapter of his life. He cannot walk, talk, eat or do anything unaided apart from smile and be happy.

"He is, as we have said for years, imprisoned in his own body as securely as he was when imprisoned at Norwich or Belmarsh. The only difference is that now he is legally free, he is happier at having served his time and therefore has greater emotional and physical resources to fight the illness. …

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