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From Press Association


Wife confronted with Panama photo

Press Association
Thursday December 6, 2007 5:43 AM

The wife of back-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin is under intense scrutiny as she expressed her disbelief that a picture of the couple from last year had surfaced.

Anne Darwin was confronted with the photograph, dated July 2006, as her husband arrived back in the North East where he will be questioned by police on suspicion of fraud.

Mrs Darwin broke down as she told reporters that her life had become a "nightmare" and confirmed the picture did show her husband, who was officially declared dead in 2003.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper, who originally published the image: "Yes, that's him. My sons will never forgive me."

The snap showing the couple together, smiling side by side, was taken when they stayed in an apartment rented through the firm Move to Panama.

A couple named John and Anne are pictured on the company's website with the firm's boss Mario Vilar, but Mr Vilar said they had not used the surname Darwin.

Mrs Darwin, who emigrated to Panama six weeks ago, also told the Sun newspaper: "I can't believe that picture of me and John has come out."

When asked specifically how she would explain the photograph, she told the paper: "I won't" and described the situation as a "mess".

She said: "My life has become a nightmare. I want to go back but I can't. I'm terrified what is going to happen to me."

The 55-year-old is now expected to face questioning in connection with her husband's mysterious disappearance in 2002 and his whereabouts over the last five years.

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