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BEDFORD WITNESS DIES BEFORE TRIAL

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A witness in a corruption case against the former leader and an officer of Bedford BC died on Boxing Day, before he...
A witness in a corruption case against the former leader and an officer of Bedford BC died on Boxing Day, before he was due to give evidence in court.

Roger Wilson, the suspended director of planning, development and amenities at Bedford, died of a heart attack.

He was due to testify against former leader Mike Cotter and suspended economic development officer Nicholas O'Reagan.

The accused are each defending three charges of corruption and one charge of conspiracy brought by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr Wilson was suspended in November 1995 after being accused of taking five weeks to pass on a letter to the chief executive which covered corruption in the council.

Police began investigating corruption and conspiracy at Bedford in November 1995 and finished their enquiries in April last year.

The council did not investigate the charges against Mr Wilson, as police told it to wait until after the criminal case. In the meantime his job was eliminated in a reorganisation.

The court case will proceed using written evidence from the late director.

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