A notorious conman convicted of the infamous ‘Rolex Murder’ has reportedly been granted parole for the murder of a friend. Albert Walker, then 52, stole Ronald Platt’s identity before killing him on a sailing trip and dumping the body at sea near Teignmouth in 1996.

Walker was jailed for life at Exeter Crown Court in 1998 after being found guilty of murdering his friend and business partner 51-year-old former soldier Ronald, whose identity he had used in a complex plot to protect his double life.

The former fugitive Canadian financier, now 77, denied responsibility for the murder but was given a life sentence with no parole eligibility for 15 years. He was allowed to return to Canada in 2005 to serve out his life sentence.

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