Wife 'sent loving email' to 'dead' husband

Anne Darwin wrote a loving email to her supposedly dead husband John hours before he walked into a police station, a court heard today.

In the email, dated November 30, 2007, and sent from Panama, she wrote: "Hope you had a good flight and everything okay with the family.

"Don't leave me.

"I had to fight with the heat and smoke.

"Did you manage to write the last chapter for your book on the way there?

"Love you, missing you already XXXXXX"

The email was sent just hours after John Darwin left Panama to return to the UK.

Soon after it was sent, he walked into a London police station and, claiming he had amnesia, announced: "I think I'm a missing person."

Darwin's wife, a former receptionist, claims she was forced into going along with his scam.

She is on trial for a £250,000 insurance fraud at Teesside Crown Court, where a jury today heard about several emails between the couple.

In one, sent by Mrs Darwin to her husband on October 10, 2007, from her Yahoo account, she signs off: "I miss you so much XXXXX."

In an email sent on October 6, she tells her husband: "Love you XXX."

The jury was also read the contents of a saucy email John Darwin sent from Panama to his wife back home in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool.

Dated August 28, 2007, and sent from a Yahoo account in the name of John Jones - the identity Darwin assumed after faking his death - he tells his wife about some banking arrangements in Central America.

He then signs off the email saucily: "Love you lots. Get your bum over here fast. I got something here for you and it's hot."

Two months later Mrs Darwin sold their house in Seaton Carew and bought an apartment in Panama City.

The jury was told that Cleveland Police detectives accessed John Darwin's john-jones-1850yahoo.co.uk account and found a total of 1,012 emails, of which 923 were unread.

Police rules mean that officers could not open any unopened emails and so looked at the contents of just 89 messages.

The case continues