Pink Floyd star Dave Gilmour’s former family nanny, 52, is facing jail after helping her lover run his international cocaine business
A former nanny to Pink Floyd star David Gilmour’s children broke down in tears today as she was told she faces jail for helping her lover run his international drug ring.
Anni Rowland, 52, helped drug baron Kevin Hanley by counting and laundering his cash from her home in the picturesque town of Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
Former grocer Hanley, 53, is now serving 17 years for smuggling millions of pounds worth of cocaine in shipments of watermelons, pomegranates and broccoli.
But his partner of 20 years – whom he met at a lavish bash – claimed she never had anything to do with the drugs.
She said she thought Hanley was still working in fruit and veg and that she believed all his travelling was to meet contacts across the world.
Rowland denied knowing he was a drug dealer, even though he was jailed for supplying cocaine in 2001. She was jailed in 2006 for helping him stash the cocaine in a safe house in the New Forest.
She has now been convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine, amphetamines, cannabis and money laundering following a three-week trial at the Old Bailey.
Rowland, dressed all in black, held her head in her hands and wept as the jury returned the verdicts.
Judge John Bevan QC said: ‘I don’t intend to deal with sentence now, partly because I want to apply my mind to it and I want to hear mitigation.’
He added: ‘She has something of a mountain to climb.’
After his release from prison for the 2001 cocaine charge, Hanley set up two shell fruit and veg companies – ICC 2009 Ltd and Paris Western – to act as a front for his drug ring.
But investigators found that he hadn’t declared a penny of legitimate income to HMRC.
His empire was smashed by the National Crime Agency after a massive surveillance operation which included bugging his home in Fulham, south west London.