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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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Hayes Garden World boss goes on trial at Carlisle court

A Cumbrian businessman and another man have gone on trial accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

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Thomas Hayes

Thomas Hayes, 44, managing director of Hayes Garden World at Ambleside, is alleged to have falsely claimed he was not behind the wheel of his Porsche when it crashed near his home in south Cumbria.

In the dock with Hayes, of Crook Lane, Kendal, was co-defendant Derek Henderson, 57, of Woodbank Terrace, Endmoor.

He worked for Hayes and backed up his story that he had not been driving. Both deny conspiring to pervert the course of justice, insisting they were telling the truth when they said Hayes was not driving.

Carlise Crown Court heard evidence from police officers involved in the case, including inspector Philip Davidson, in charge of custody on the day that Hayes was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in November 2010.

He told the court that he recalled taking the defendant to the cell, and telling him his car would be a write-off. “He said it wouldn’t matter – he would get another one,” said the inspector.

Prosecutor Brendan Burke suggested that Hayes, in response to a question about the make of the car involved in the crash, had asked: “What, the one I was driving?”

Earlier in the hearing, the judge in the case, Recorder Michael Hayton QC, told the barristers the repeated delays in the hearing had been a disgrace and a discourtesy to the jury.

The trial continues.

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