EVIDENCE by Lord Lucan’s sister - and former Guilsborough resident - has shed new light on the murder which led to his mysterious disappearance.
Lady Sarah Gibbs gave a witness statement to police three weeks after his disappearance following the murder of his nanny Sandra Rivett in London in November 1974.
She looked after Lord Lucan’s children Frances, George and Camilla at her home in Guilsborough following the incident.
And it was a conversation with his youngest daughter Camilla that Lady Gibbs recalled in the witness statement which was uncovered in the BBC documentary series Inside Out on Monday.
The evidence talks about another suspect, a man staying at the Lucan family home prior to the murder.
The witness statement says: “When we were talking about home, Camilla said ‘the boyfriend always stays upstairs while we have lunch until we ring the buzzer’. I said to her what’s his name and she said ‘I don’t know, he hasn’t yet told me.’
“I said ‘where does he live.’ She said ‘he lives in the house with us.’ I said ‘there is no where for him to sleep is there?’ She said ‘Sometimes he sleeps in nanny’s room and nanny sleeps with us and sometimes he sleeps with mummy, she’s got a gigantic bed’.”
When questioned further by officers, Lady Gibbs was asked if the boyfriend belonged to either Lady Lucan or Sandra Rivett.
She responded: “I wouldn’t know, I’m assuming she meant the nanny because Frances referred to the boyfriend when I told her the nanny was dead.”
The police officer who took the witness statement, Graham Forsyth recalled in the documentary that the man was a Norwegian seaman. However this line of inquiry was not pursued as detectives at the time believed Lord Lucan was responsible for the killing.
Lord Lucan has never been found since his disappearance.
Lady Sarah Gibbs died in September 2001 after an eight-year battle with ovarian cancer at the age of 65. She continued to maintain her brother’s innocence.
Speaking to the Daventry Express (pictured above right) shortly after her death, her husband Canon William Gibbs said: “She believed he was innocent.”
The BBC documentary Inside Out is available to watch online by visiting the broadcaster’s iPlayer service.