The trial of British citizen, Donald Brian Hume, focus of world-wide attention, ended Sept. 30, at Winterthur, Switzerland;-he was sentenced to hard labour for life for the murder of a Zurich taxi driver.
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Background: The trial of British citizen, Donald Brian Hume, focus of world-wide attention, ended Sept. 30, at Winterthur, Switzerland;-he was sentenced to hard labour for life for the murder of a Zurich taxi driver.
Outside the courthouse, waiting reporters and police watched the comings and goings of lawyers, jurymen, witnesses - and Hume himself, as the murder trial neared completion.
After the verdict, Hume laughed defiantly as he left the court for Regensdorf Prison. Jumping down the steps, three at a time, pulling his guards with him, he kicked out at a nearby photographer.
Hume had pleaded guilty to shooting the driver after raiding a Zurich bank.
During the hearing he admitted murdering London car dealer Stanley Setty, nine years ago, as well as making armed raids on banks in Britain after his release from a British prison last year.
Under heavy police guard throughout the trial, Hume repeatedly insulted the Court President and witnesses. At times he laughed like a child.
Strong criticism of the British legal system was made by the Public Prosecutor, who said Hume should have been re-tried after confessing in print to the murder of Setty.
The sentence was Switzerland's maximum penalty for murder. It offers one slim chance of freedom - so slight that most people discount it. Hume could, if he were well behaved, be considered after 15 years for the remission of the rest of his sentence. In view of his violent background, it is believed the police would oppose this. If released for good conduct, Hume would be deported to Britain and stand trial for two bank robberies. He is known to fear facing a British jury again - and the prospect of a long term of imprisonment, if found guilty, in a prison far grimmer than the Swiss can provide.
He still firmly believes there is no Swiss jail strong enough to hold him and boasts of a smuggling ring working for his escape. Swiss police are alert to the possibility of a break-out. It is now open to Britain to ask the Swiss Government to hand him over and it is understood that such an application would be given the deepest consideration in view of Hume's violent boasts to smash his way out of any prison in the country.