Gary Gardner has denied keeping charity money raised for Lee Rigby's six-year-old son Jack
Gary Gardner, 54, is accused of keeping the money raised from truck-pull events that he staged in aid of Fusilier Rigby’s six-yearold son Jack.
Gardner put on three such events in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the Leicestershire towns of Medbourne and Market Harborough.
They were attended by thousands of people, including Fusilier Rigby’s widow Rebecca, 33, and Jack. Gardner, of Medbourne, yesterday denied three charges under the Fraud Act when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court.
The first charge was that between May 2013 and February 2016 he abused his position as a trustee of money charitably donated in aid of Jack Rigby, by failing to account for the total monies donated.
Gary denied all three charges under the Fraud Act when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court
The second was that between May 2013 and February 2014 he abused his position as a trustee of money donated in aid of Jack Rigby, by using the money to pay for producing a music single.
The third was that between May 2013 and an unknown date he abused his position as a trustee of money charitably donated in aid of Jack Rigby, by failing to transfer any donated money to Jack Rigby.
Lee Rigby's son allegedly hasn't received a penny from any events by Gary
Judge Michael Chambers QC gave Gardner unconditional bail and ordered him to return to court for trial on October 2.
Music, media and event specialist Gardner manages a band called Together In Harmony which, he says, is a “group of up-and-coming artists from all over the UK” supporting many charitable causes.
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A judge gave Mr Gardner unconditional bail and ordered him to return to court for trial in October
He claimed on his Linkedin profile that the band released a “charity single” which was “raising funds for the Fusilier Aid Society and a trust fund for Fusilier Lee Rigby’s son”.
But it is alleged that the youngster never received a penny from the events.
Woolwich terror attack: The brutal murder of Lee Rigby
Thu, May 23, 2013
British Army soldier, Fusilier Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was attacked and killed near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London.
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Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army's 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was killed in a brutal attack by two men in Woolwich
Jack was two when his father was killed by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in a terror attack outside Woolwich barracks in southeast London in May 2013.