Australia

Dec 19, 2013

Requiem for Ronald Biggs, Great Train Robber, punk associate

Remembering Ronald Biggs, criminal, prison escapee, temporary Australian and man of the world. A reporter who covered his legal case in Barbados looks back on the infamous journey.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

There we were, sitting in a crowded room of a two-storey stone building dating back to when Bridgetown, Barbados, was a buccaneer and slaving settlement. Convicted Great Train Robber, escapee, Australian and Brazilian resident and Sex Pistols associate Ronald Biggs (pictured, earlier this year) was sitting, handcuffed but smiling and happily relaxed in the dock, his theatrical local barrister resplendent in a tunic with red leg stripes, arguing his case.

That was April 1981. The air was soft, the water clear and, they say, the spliff was excellent.

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