AN ANIMAL rights nut who stole the body of a Midland grandmother from her grave is trying to become a popstar from his jail cell.
Jon Ablewhite, 39 and from Wolverhampton, was caged for 12 years in 2006 for a sickening six year hate campaign against a family and their guinea pig farm in Newchurch, Staffordshire.
The bald-headed vicar’s son admitted trying to blackmail farmer David Hall in a sustained attack that eventually led to his gang of fanatics digging up the body of Gladys Hammond, whose son-in-law co-owned the farm.
Currently being held at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire, the grave robber has now set up an online profile for his one man band, and has even posted pictures of himself posing with young women on prison visits.
The fanatic has also dismissed his incarceration in prison as like being “in my beautiful home from home”.
On his Myspace social networking webpage – which Ablewhite says is updated by his “wonderful friends” – he goes by his stage name of Vegandia, and encourages other animal rights supporters to get in touch.
“I’m currently serving a 12 year prison sentence for animal rights activism,” he tells his online pals.
“The reason for this Myspace page is to create a place where I can connect with other like-minded people.
“I would love to hear your thoughts on my music – in fact, I’d just love to hear from you.
“I am always into meeting new people so if anyone wants to come and visit me in my beautiful home from home, just drop me a line at the prison and get your ass down here.”
The crook has posted two tuneless tracks on the site entitled Angelface: How could you? and Political Animals.
Cunning Ablewhite is even looking to make a profit out of his musical offerings, urging friends on his Myspace page to “donate” money in exchange for copies of his CD.
Along with his songs, the thug has included some of his prison poetry, and a blog about life behind bars for his 147 online supporters to read.
Posting a comment on the site one user calling themselves VegFreak writes: “From me and everyone else, thanks for all the work you did. You are one of the innocent people in jail and hope you get out soon. xxxx”
Another friend said: “You are a wonderful person and, though locked away, there’s people out there who do think of you and all the other wonderful brave people who risk life and limb for others and defenseless animals.”
The body of 82 year-old Mrs Hammond was snatched from her burial plot at St Peter’s churchyard in Yoxall, Staffs, by Ablewhite and his cronies in October 2004.
The former teacher turned blackmailer was caught when police examined an e-mail account Ablewhite had set up using a computer at Wolverhampton City Library in May 2005.
Liaising with the FBI, detectives used counter-terrorism powers to explore the account, where they found he had provided a list of tips for other activists encouraging them to take part in an “ongoing Holocaust” against the Hall family and their farm.
Three other members of Ablewhite’s Save The Newchurch Guinea Pigs (SNGP) group – convicted thugs John Smith, 43, from Leicester, Kerry Whitburn, 39, from Birmingham and 40-year-old Josephine Mayo – were also jailed in 2006 for violence, threats and conspiracy to blackmail the Hall family.
Mrs Hammond’s body was found on Cannock Chase shortly after the trial, and has been reinterred in Yoxall churchyard.
Jan 24 2010 by Ben Goldby, Sunday Mercury