Seven in court on election charges

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SEVEN people, including former Braddan Commissioners clerk Charles Lewin, have appeared before Deputy High Bailiff Alastair Montgomerie charged with offences following a police investigation into the Douglas East by-election in May last year.

Mr Lewin, 55, of Ballavitchell Road, Crosby, was the campaign manager for one of the candidates, celebrity chef Kevin Woodford. Mr Lewin is charged with six offences of conspiracy under the Manx criminal code.

Six others also appeared in court.

Mark Joseph Weir, 20, of Willaston Crescent, Douglas, is charged with two offences of forging documents with intent to deceive.

Geoffrey Andrew Callister. 50, of Ballakilley Close, Port Erin, faces 11 similar offences.

Kerry Louise Rothwell, 24, of Summerhill Road, Onchan, and Catherine Elizabeth Liggins, 25, of Little Mill Road, Onchan, are each charged with six offences of conspiracy.

Gail Rosemary Corrin, 33, of Cronk-y-Berry Avenue, Douglas, is charged with three conspiracy offences. Marc Alan Bonser, 19, of Ballaughton Close, Douglas, is charged with one voting offence and six offences of forgery of documents with intent to deceive.

All defendants were bailed in the sum of £500, to appear before magistrates on April 6.

Last year’s by-election was won by Chris Robertshaw.

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