Search

Killer of Hampstead author Allen Chappelow loses battle to overturn conviction

PUBLISHED: 17:26 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:26 29 September 2017

Murdered reclusive millionaire author Allan Chappelow Picture: Metropolitan Police

Murdered reclusive millionaire author Allan Chappelow Picture: Metropolitan Police

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Chinese dissident Wang Yam who is serving a life sentence for the murder of reclusive author Mr Chappellow in his home in Downshire Hill, Hampstead has lost his long battle to overturn his conviction.

Yam was found guilty at the Old Bailey in 2009 of beating 86-year-old Allan Chappelow to death.

The 55-year-old challenged his conviction at the Court of Appeal, in London, with his lawyers arguing there was “fresh evidence” capable of casting doubt on its safety.

But his appeal was rejected by the court with Lord Chief Justice Thomas saying the evidence from three new witnesses for the defence did not undermine the jury’s verdict.

Mr Chappelow, was repeatedly hit over the head at his crumbling Georgian terraced house in May 2006. His body was found weeks later under a metre-high pile of papers after police were alerted by suspicious bank transactions on his account.

He had suffered massive head injuries and his wounds indicated he was possibly tortured.

Use of his stolen credit cards was traced to Yam, a financial adviser who lived in nearby Denning Road, Hampstead, and had fled to Switzerland.

Yam, who left China after the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising, always denied the murder and blamed gangsters.

At his first trial in 2008, Yam was found guilty of theft and fraud and jailed for four-and-a-half years, but the jury was unable to reach a decision on the murder charge.

He was convicted of murder the following year and jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

His defence case was heard behind closed doors at the insistence of prosecutors, after the government claimed secrecy was necessary in the interests of national security. It is believed to be the first murder trial in which a secrecy order was imposed for such a reason.

Yam’s appeal was dismissed by Lord Thomas who said: “The evidence at trial sufficiently convinced the jury that Yam was solely and exclusively responsible for the activities involving the deceased’s handset/SIM card and their use in the identity fraud and that the connection between those activities and the death of Allan Chappelow established Yam as the only possible perpetrator of the murder.”

Yam, now in his 50s, has also launched a case before the European Court of Human Rights, challenging the secret nature of his trial.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Friday, August 17, 2018

Six year old Camden schoolgirl Lily Conlan has been shortlisted for a prestigious campaigning award for her work to promote deaf awareness.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Users of St John’s Wood Post Office have raised concerns about the proposed branch move to Charlbert Street.

Friday, August 17, 2018

It’s unlikely anyone testing the water at Hampstead Heath’s many ponds expected their checks for bugs like E.coli would ever become part of a performance art project.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Paddington Academy students are celebrating achieving the best A-level results in the school’s 11-year history.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Hornsey Sixth Form College A-level results were ‘significantly above national average’, according to the headteacher of the Crouch End school.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The principal of Westminster Kingsway College has champions the achievements of students in their A-level results.

Friday, August 17, 2018

UCL Academy students who received their A-level results yesterday are ‘equipped to be global citizens’, according to the school’s co-principal.

Friday, August 17, 2018

A-level results day at Greig City Academy revealed an array of talent, with Oxbridge bound students in a variety of disciplines.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now