As reported by The Herald Scotland in 1989:
"Ken Dodd walked free from Liverpool Crown Court yesterday
after being acquitted on all eight charges in his tax fraud trial.
Cheers broke out in the public gallery as the verdicts were announced
at the end of the 23-day trial. Mr Dodd reeled from side to side,
clutched the rail of the dock, looked upwards, then turned to the jury
and said: ''Thank-you.''
As the foreman delivered the last of the three remaining verdicts of
not guilty, the 61-year-old Ken Dodd gasped, smiled broadly, and
embraced his solicitor.
The courtroom erupted, people in the public gallery leapt to their
feet waving their arms in the air and there was an outburst of cheering.
Mr Dodd's fiancee Anne Jones collapsed into the arms of a friend,The Diddy Man took on Goliath and won!
weeping with joy. Police handed a glass of water to Miss Jones, a former Bluebell dancer who shares the comedian's home in Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash, Liverpool.
Then Mr Dodd appeared to break down in the dock, struggling to hold
back tears. He stepped shakily from the dock and was congratulated by
some of the public.
Earlier the jury had returned verdicts of not guilty on the five other
Oh, and here is the final two fingered gesture to HMRC from Sir Ken:
RIP Ken Dodd - who got married two days ago apparently as a final two fingers to the Inland Revenue as there's no inheritance tax on estates left to a spouse. Legend to the end. https://t.co/BFyqSoJm16 pic.twitter.com/rDhuzC5Rdf— The Poke (@ThePoke) March 12, 2018
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