Sad to report the death of John Daly. John was Bruce Reynolds’ brother-in-law and married to Barbara, sister of Angela Reynolds, or Frances as Ron knew her.
John was the only member of the Great Train Robbery gang to be acquitted at the trial. Ron, and all the gang, thought good luck to him, although luck did not always follow John in life, and most of his share of the train robbery money was stolen from him.
It was John who brought the famous Monopoly set to Leatherslade Farm, and it was John who drove Ron from the farm to the site of the robbery.
For the story of John, read Mike Sullivan’s feature in The Sun.
Form Odd Man Out: The Last Straw:
One mid-morning Roger (Cordery) and I heard the main prison gate opening. We went to the window of the dormitory and saw a police car drive in. Minutes later Johnny Daly, the man who wanted to plead guilty, came to the door, trembling and pale faced,
‘What’s the trouble, John?’ I asked, ‘are you ill?’
‘No, I’m not ill. I’ve been acquitted!’
‘Christ! You’ve been chucked? That’s fantastic!’ said Roger delightedly ‘How? Why?’
‘Reaburn (John’s counsel) made a submission to the effect that the Monopoly set could have been taken to the farm after I left my prints on it. The judge accepted that fact and acquitted me. I’ve just come back to pick up my belongings. I’m free! – but I can’t believe it!’
Too bad I wasn’t able to share the lucky Irishman’s good fortune. My fingerprints were also found on the Monopoly set but also a sauce bottle (I never thought they would ‘ketchup’ with me). It was the sauce bottle that tied me to the farm. A previous resident at Leatherslade Farm was the key witness and he swore that no such item had been left there.