Crown forces trial over Council Employees’ Fraud

news_een_08.05.2015 Announcement Date: 8th May 2015

THREE men accused of corruption which led to the collapse of the city’s property repairs service have had their offers to plead guilty to amend charges rejected by prosecutors.

The Crown paved the way for a trial as the 8 men alleged to be at the center of the controversy sat in the dock.

A hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday also saw one of the accused cleared of wrong-doing to become a witness.

Gordon Campbell, whose not guilty pleas to two charges were accepted, was excused from the dock and his police statement was submitted to the court.

The other seven – a mix of contractors and former council staff – will stand trial next week, facing nine charges.

To read the full article by Kaye Nicolson, Edinburgh Evening News’ Crime Reporter,