British con man Robert Hendy-Freegard, known for the Netflix documentary The puppet master: hunting the ultimate conman was arrested on Friday after a flight of eight days on the E40 in our country, the public prosecutor’s office Halle-Vilvoorde confirms to our editors. The man was wanted by French police after he injured two officers.
Laurence TorckSource: VRT, BFM, DAILY MAIL
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Robert Hendy-Freegard was called into police at his home in France at the end of August for running an illegal kennel of nearly 30 dogs with his partner Sandra Clifton. However, that check did not go as expected. Because the man tried to flee when he was asked to go to the police station. Hendy-Freegard jumped into his chariot and fled. But while driving, he hit two police officers. One of them had to be taken care of in the hospital itself.
Since then, there has been a search warrant and an investigation into attempted manslaughter of a public servant, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. The man was caught in our country last Friday, after an eight-day flight. “The person and the car had been signaled under a European arrest warrant after what happened in France. Thanks to the border information network, information is shared across national borders, so we knew that the car had to be intercepted,” says Gilles Blondeau of the prosecutor’s office.
“Last night a patrol from East Flanders was able to intercept the man in Groot-Bijgaarden. He will be arraigned today before the investigating judge and will then be interrogated. Then it will become clear whether or not he will be arrested.” According to Blondeau, the man was alone in the car. Whether he will be extradited to France will depend on the decision of the judge in our country.
But Robert Hendy-Freegard was no stranger before. Because in his homeland – where he is nicknamed the “Master of Puppets” – he is known as the “ultimate con man”. From 1990 to 2002, he impersonated an MI5 spy to defraud women. In total, he managed to steal no less than one million pounds. His story has also been available on Netflix since early 2022. In the documentary The puppet master: hunting the ultimate conman Among other things, the children of the woman who may be his partner tell how she disappeared after meeting him.
The man was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 for kidnapping, cheating and theft, but he appealed the conviction and was released in 2009.