Sir Wilf Hadda, a wealthy and respectable businessman, is woken early one morning by a police raid on his Holland Park villa. To his horror he's being investigated as a suspected paedophile -- accused of not only having illicit images on his computer but of direct involvement in sexual assaults on under-age girls.
But that's only the start of his troubles. He escapes from Police custody only to awake from a coma several months later with horrific injuries. And on top of that, while he's been under the financial crash has hit exposing him as a serious fraudster.
Abandoned by just about everyone, he is not in the best state of mind to defend himself in court. In any case the evidence against him in both trials is strong and he gets sent down for a total of fifteen years.
7 years pass. Hadda, inward-looking, uncommunicative, and still refusing to acknowledge guilt, looks set to serve his full sentence. Then he learns that his 20 year old daughter whom he hasn't seen since his arrest has died in a squalid drug related incident.
Now finally he starts talking to Alva Ozigbo, the prison psychiatrist. Innocent or guilty, he is clearly damaged goods, and the more convinced Alva becomes of his innocence, the greater her concern that he may be about to do something that will put him back inside forever...
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 08 / 2010
- 234 x 153mm