Defendants Rob Ware and Jonathan Gorman attended court today faced with allegations of fraud amounting to over £5 million.
The court was an open court with no reporting restrictions.
The hearing today was a Trail Preparation Hearing. No plea was entered. A Not Guilty Plea is expected.
A PTR (Pre Trial Review) has been set for 13th May 2019 and is expected to last half a day.
A trial date has been set for 2nd September 2019 at Liverpool Crown Court.
The trial is expected to last between 2 to 3 weeks (prosecution say 2 weeks, the defence say 3 weeks).
The trial is expected to involve 1’000 of document of evidence. so far, over 300 pages of evidence have been submitted.
A trial judge is yet to be allocated.
While the trial is a private prosecution, CPS are aware of the private prosecution and will be making a decision whether to take over the case or not, this decision will be no later than 19th April.
A letter read by the judge indicated that it was a strong chance CPS would take over the case the prosecution described the case as being in ‘good order’.
It is understood that Rob Ware may be making an application to dismiss the charges.
On leaving the court, I caught up with Rob Ware and asked him a few questions on video.
- Do you have any comments about the allegations of stealing deposits from your tenants.
- Do you have any comments about the allegations of dumping asbestos around Liverpool
- Do you have any concerns for the people who may become ill from the alleged asbestos dumping?
- Do you have any knowledge about the arson attack on my house!
Rob Ware responded to the questions saying “Is there any need for all this?“.
His solicitor advised him not to say anything else.
His solicitor, reported as being from ‘Kenneth Burrows Solicitors‘ is being privately funded by Rob Ware although there appears to be little about this company online. Jonathan Gorman’s defence is funded by Legal Aid.
Rob Ware was driven away in a 2014 Hyundai i30.
Rob Ware is alleged to have committed fraud of over £5 million.
I will be at each stage of the trial and update my report here.