Wanted Mafia boss has spent 19 years living as a house-husband in Uxbridge – but he’s set to walk FREE tomorrow because of arrest warrant blunders
Domenico Rancadore, 64, went missing in 1994 and has an English family
Nicknamed ‘The Professor’ he was head of Mafia family in northern Sicily
Was convicted and jailed for seven years in Italy while he was on the run
Scotland Yard tracked him down to suburban street in Uxbridge, London
A fugitive Mafia boss discovered living in the UK as a suburban house husband could walk free tomorrow due to ‘significant deficiencies’ in the warrant for his arrest, it emerged today.
Domenico Rancadore, 64, who is wanted by the Italian authorities, was arrested by British police at his home in Uxbridge, west London, last night under a European Arrest Warrant.
The father of two had been living as a house husband under the alias Marc Skinner since 1993 while his wife, Anne, 60, ran a travel agency to support the family.
Today, as he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Quentin Purdy said: ‘The warrant may be such it has to be discharged. There are concerns about the validity of the warrant that has come before the court.’
Euan Macmillan, defending, agreed that there were ‘significant deficiencies’ with the document.
The judge remanded Rancadore in custody until a hearing tomorrow at 2pm, when he will decide whether the Italian can be released on bail.
Wearing a pale blue shirt with dark trousers, Rancadore was helped by an Italian interpreter as he sat in the dock holding a copy of the arrest warrant.
The former teacher is wanted in Italy to serve a seven-year jail term for being part of a criminal organisation between 1987 and 1995, having been convicted in his absence in 1999.
When police arrived at his home at around 7pm yesterday, he tried to flee through the back door of his home, but came face to face with a waiting detective constable.
Italian Police say he was involved in extortion, racketeering and drug trafficking.
The wanted mobster, who has an English wife and two children, had the nickname ‘The Professor’ among Cosa Nostra members, because he was once a PE teacher in Italy.
Rancadore was a member of a powerful Mafia family running organised crime in the north of Sicily.
He was convicted of extortion and other serious crimes and was head of the family in Trabia, around 30km from the Sicilian capital Palermo.
Sources in Italy said today that Scotland Yard detectives were waiting for him when he came back from work last night.
The fugitive then saw the officers and tried to flee but was unable to get away.
Neighbour Joan Hills, 76, said Rancadore and his family had lived in the road for several years.
‘I know him very well and he’s one of the best neighbours you could ever have,’ she said.
‘They have been here for years. I’ve seen the children grow up with my children. I don’t know the ins and outs of this, but they are the nicest people that you could wish to meet.’
A statement from the Italian Interior Ministry said: ‘Accused of crimes of mafia-style association, extortion and other serious offences and sought since 1994, multiple previous offender Rancadore Domenico, 64, from Parlermo, was arrested yesterday in London by British police.