THE fugitive aristocrat Lord Lucan was reportedly seen drinking in a bar in Africa by two British witnesses.
Lord Lucan, who would be 78 this year, famously disappeared after the murder of his nanny and brutal attack on his wife in 1974.
Speculation has recently mounted that he may have been helped to escape to Africa, after an aide to one of his friends claimed she had arranged for his children to fly to Africa so he could see them from a distance.
And now, new claims have emerged that Lucan was seen in the Cresta Botsalo Hotel in Botswana.
Engineers Lawrie Prebble and Ian Meyrick told the Sun they had seen him drinking beer in the hotel bar 12 years ago.
Mr Prebble, 71, told the newspaper: "There had been talk for weeks that Lucan was around — he had links to Botswana. The instant he walked in I said to myself, 'That's him.'
"He was with about six people and had a very noticeable military bearing.
"His accent was so upper-class English that it cut the air and turned everyone's heads when he spoke. The group stayed for more than an hour."
Mr Meyrick added: "I joined Lawrie at the bar and he said, 'That's him! That's Lucan! You just walked straight past him.'"
The man had a "neatly trimmed grey beard", the pair added.
They came forward days after a watch thought to have belonged to Lucan surfaced amid claims it was bought in South Africa.
Lucan's brother also fuelled theories of his escape by saying he was "sure" he had fled to Africa.