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Lord Bingham said: ‘I am very happy with the judgment of the court in this matter. It has been a very long time coming.’
The judge made the declaration that Lord Lucan is presumed dead on the basis that she was satisfied that he had not been known to be alive for a period of at least seven years.
There have been dozens of theories as to what happened to him over the years from being eaten by tigers to having lived out his days in Africa.
On the night of the peer’s disappearance, the nanny’s attacker also turned on Lord Bingham’s mother, Lady Lucan, beating her severely before she managed to escape and raise the alarm at a nearby pub.
Lord Lucan’s car was found abandoned and soaked in blood in Newhaven, East Sussex, and an inquest jury declared him the killer a year later.