Councillor’s “shambolic” case adjourned until October

THE CASE of a Tilbury councillor charged with benefit fraud has been adjourned until October after shambolic scenes at Basildon Crown Court.

This now means that Clare Baldwin will have waited nearly eighteen months to answer charges. It is alleged that she made dishonest representations to obtain benefits on 19 March 2012 and between 26 March 2012 and 17 February 2013.

Cllr Baldwin allegedly failed to inform Thurrock Council she was living with her partner Terry Hearse.

Charges against Mr Hearse were dropped at a pre-trial review in March.

The case was delayed as barristers had not been provided with relevant paperwork.

Speaking after the case was adjourned, cllr Baldwin told YT: “The judge called it shambolic and I have to agree with him. It is hard to carry on a normal life with this hanging over me.

Cllr Baldwin, 41, of Byron Gardens, Tilbury, denies all charges and remains on bail.

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