PANDORA SAVES MAXWELL'S SKIN; Judge 'Moved' by Wife's Cry of Distress

By Shaw, Adrian | The Mirror (London, England), September 20, 1996 | Go to article overview

PANDORA SAVES MAXWELL'S SKIN; Judge 'Moved' by Wife's Cry of Distress


Shaw, Adrian, The Mirror (London, England)


The pleading of Pandora Maxwell has saved her husband Kevin from another fraud trial.

And yesterday it was revealed for the first time that Kevin had suffered a heart attack during the pressure of his marathon legal battle.

The disclosure came as the son of former Mirror publisher Robert Maxwell learned he would NOT have to face a second trial over the collapse of his father's business empire.

A High Court judge threw out further charges and 37-year-old Kevin walked free, saying it was "a great decision for my wife Pandora, for our family, for our many friends".

Mr Justice Buckley said he had been moved by mother-of-six Pandora's account of how the first trial - lasting 131 days - had affected the family.

Pandora said the children were taunted at school by classmates who said: 'Your dad's in court. Your dad's going to go to prison. My dad says he's going to go to prison for years and years'." Pandora told the court: "I had to tell them, because they would ask me 'Is daddy going to go to prison?'

"And you can't say to a child 'No, he's not', because I didn't know what the verdict was going to be." Pandora said it would be "too terrible" to have to go through it all again.

She was asked about former Maxwell finance chief Robert Bunn, an original defendant in the first trial. …

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