Krishna Maharaj: once owned second-biggest string of horses in Britain
By Peter Scargill 1.30pM 14 JUL 2016
KRISHNA MAHARAJ, a former leading racehorse owner in Britain, is set to remain behind bars in Florida for a double murder he claims he did not commit after a judge in Miami rejected his latest appeal against the sentence.
Maharaj has been in jail since 1987 after he was found guilty of the double murder in a Miami hotel of former business partner Derrick Moo Young and his son Duane a year earlier. Maharaj, 77, has always maintained his innocence claiming former drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, with help from local police, was responsible for the deaths.
The appeals court in Miami offered no written reasons for the latest judgement, although his claims of innocence were labelled as “preposterous” by a judge last year.
London-born Maharaj spent 15 years on death row before his sentence was commuted to two life terms following a hearing in 2002 at which Newmarket trainer Clive Brittain appeared as a character witness on his behalf.
Maharaj had his silks carried to victory by King Levensell in the 1974 Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot and owned the second-largest string of horses in Britain having made his fortune in the fruit importation business.
He has always maintained he was framed for the murders and has been subject of several documentaries over the years.