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Fugitive mobster 'feared reprisals'
A fugitive Mafia boss wanted by the Italian authorities told officers who arrested him "I'm not going back, they will kill me", a court heard.
Domenico Rancadore, 64, is wanted in Italy to serve a seven-year jail term for his role as ''a man of honour'' in the Cosa Nostra.
He was denied bail for a second time at Westminster Magistrates' Court after being arrested earlier this month at his £360,000 family home in Uxbridge.
Prosecutor Aaron Watkins told the court there were "overwhelming grounds" to suspect Rancadore would have gone on the run if he had been granted bail.
Mr Watkins said it was "telling" that the former teacher, who was living under the assumed name Marc Skinner, had expressed his unwillingness to return to Italy to uniformed police officers.
Rancadore wore a rugby shirt and clutched a white Bible as a female interpreter translated District Judge Quentin Purdy's rejection of his request for bail. He shook his head and exchanged glances with English wife Anne Skinner, who sat in the public gallery.
The court heard that he had offered Mrs Skinner's home in Uxbridge as a surety for bail, in addition to £10,000.
But District Judge Purdy said: "It seems to me clear that if you are released on bail there is a risk you will disappear.
"Your family has every reason to support you in that course of action. I can see no grounds to grant you bail and be satisfied that you will return."
Mr Purdy said Rancadore would appear before the same court via video link on September 20.