The eventual 'fit-up' trial was at the Old Bailey in Court No 1. He remained bias and belied anything said favourable of Ward by his defence Lawyer --- his brief was to silence Ward and put him in jail.
The tragedy here is that the police and judiciary succeeded and were about to impose a sentence of up to 14 years when Ward took an overdose and died in hospital.1963 saw the sensational trial of the corrupt and vicious career of Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor.
Clarke was trapped, he'd been to Yonge's several times on invites - they were both brother freemasons.
A villain, Walters also said he had bribed Clarke and had a letter proving it.
An investigation began immediately into Stephen Ward -- with instructions to 'find something and everything useful no matter how trivial' The CID were employed headed by CHIEF INSPECTOR SAMUEL HERBERT and DETECTIVE SERGEANT JOHN BURROWS, who chose DETECTIVE SERGEANT ARTHUR EUSTACE and DETECTIVE SERGEANT MICHAEL GLASSE who were considered as 'The Hunters' -- this special team of four were assembled and briefed by COMMANDER FRED C. DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT JAMES AXON was in charge of the 'field-work' and made the prolonged search for any evidence that would tilt the scales towards Ward.
Burrows and Eustace said (25yrs later), the case and investigation was not normal police practice as one usually investigated the circumstances after a crime had been committed, but this one was to 'invent a crime and find things to support it' Apart from this, everything found had to be logged and the Prime Minister had to be kept informed and receive copies of all the evidence and reports-- ' A closed copy for his eyes only' They realised they were being employed to go on 'a fishing expedition' to justify an expected catalogue of charges ---'Go and find one that will stick in a court of law' was the order from the Met Chief.
Its success lies in honesty and accountability, and that cannot be achieved even now.
Wealthy businessman and Freemason Yonge escaped, he was too powerful to bring down.
There was a Judicial and Government cover-up with a trail made deliberately confusing that led all the way to the Lord Chief Justice whose intervention made sure that Stephen Ward was found guilty -- he had to be sacrificed for the sake of John Profumo the then Secretary of State for War in the Macmillan Government in the 1960's -- when the State decided to lie, cheat and deceive, using its powers to put an innocent citizen in prison for the sake of minimising a scandal and what they considered; the greater good! one died, one retired and went into hiding in Australia and simply vanished?
The two Junior ranks, Detective Sergeants, now immune --- waited 25 years before admitting that Ward had been set-up by the Law and an adversary that he could not escape --- the British Legal system did everything it could to make certain that Ward was convicted; and later information uncovered showed that Lord Justice Parker played a major part in carrying out the miscarriage of justice.
Paymaster and tycoon, a man called Benson, paid the officers to inform him of raids and if necessary, make evidence disappear. He teamed up with 'racing swindler ' William Kurr and together they issued ' Le-Sport ' which included many references to the wealthy Mr.
Yonge who lived in a mansion on Shanklin, the Isle-of-Wight.