Retired Army Major Spends £75,000 Fighting Extradition To Peru For Fatal Car Crash ‘That Wasn’t His Fault’
A retired Army major who was involved in a fatal car crash in Peru is fighting extradition to face homicide charges.
John Winskill – who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after exhuming bodies in Bosnia with Nato – is now battling the condition again because of the stress he is suffering.
He is also faced with trying to raise enough money to defend himself if he faces court action in South America, which could result in a six-year jail term.
To date, he and his wife have spent £75,000 on lawyers after using their savings and borrowing money from friends and family.
The 47-year-old former Royal Scots officer had volunteered to help with a charity rally when disaster struck in 2013.
The charity he was working for did not have legal insurance – despite telling him it was in place – which would have paid for his costly lawyers.
He said: ‘I am absolutely livid. First, I am not guilty and know I can prove it. Second, I am now losing our family savings which feels like death by a thousand cuts.
‘Finally, the men behind the charity for whom I was a volunteer had a duty of care and they have failed me.’
Major Winskill has now had to launch an online funding appeal on Gofundme.com, which has raised around £20,000.
Meanwhile the Peruvian authorities have painted a picture of him as a man fleeing justice and have refused to hear his defence arguments.
Major Winskill was a volunteer when he travelled with the Race2Recovery charity – which has been backed by Princes William and Harry – to work in a support role at the Dakar Rally.