‘Big’ Frank Mifsud, once feared member of Soho’s Maltese Syndicate, dies

Frank Mifsud was a member of the Maltese Syndicate gang that ran Soho vice in the 1970s

'Big' Frank Mifsud, infamous member of the Soho Maltese Syndicate, died on Sunday
'Big' Frank Mifsud, infamous member of the Soho Maltese Syndicate, died on Sunday

Frank Mifsud, known as Big Frank, a one-time feared member of Soho’s Maltese Syndicate, passed away at his home at the age 91 on Sunday.

Mifsud was one of the main principals of the Maltese gang running Soho vice in the 1970s, which had numerous prostitutes operating full-time out of flats in the area.

He had been accused of having been responsible for the 1956 gangland murder of protection racketeer Thomas “Scarface” Smithson, but was cleared of the charges in 1976. He had previously been extradited to the UK from Switzerland, to face charges.

After being freed, he returned to Malta in the mid-1970s to retire, where he lived on the Sliema seafront.

In 2014, a court had ordered Mifsud to submit to a paternity test in order to determine if he was the biological father of a woman who alleged she was his daughter.

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