The clinically obese woman, Beverley Douglas, accused of cheating benefits failed to enter a plea after supposedly suffering a heart attack.
If you’ve been following the case you will know that she first got away with a court appearance claiming she was too large to fit in the dock. This time Douglas had been due to appear before Inner London Crown Court Thursday July 7th, to face charges of fraudulently claiming income support, housing and council tax benefits.
But just hours before she was due to enter a plea, she recovered enough to phone up and say she was too ill for court.
Douglas’s barrister Abigail Denny told the court: “Those who instruct me received a telephone call from her shortly after 4am this morning.
“She was in a London hospital and reported she had suffered a heart attack.”
Judge Nigel Seed QC agreed to the adjournment but asked for medical evidence to be provided for the claims at the next hearing on July 29.
Douglas, of Bensham Lane, Thornton Heath, is accused of claiming thousands of pounds in benefits while working as a bus driver. If she couldn’t get into court how did she get into the driving cab of a bus you may ask.
She faces 11 counts of making a false representation and two of dishonestly failing to notify a change of circumstance between March 2004 and February 2009.
So the next instalment will be on July 29th, what will be her excuse this time?
Who’s pulling this bloke’s strings.
Downing Street David Cameron, playing God with our money in Africa, acknowledges that critics of the plan to raise aid spending by 34% to £12b have ‘powerful arguments’.
He reckons, ‘There are some people back at home who don’t like Britain’s aid commitment’. No kidding mate!
‘They see us make painful cuts to budgets at home and wonder why we are increasing our spending abroad’. Too right!
But does he do anything about this massive opposition to him giving taxpayers’ money away to foreign countries while we get financially squeezed and our pips squeak, no he doesn’t.
What is his game then, to be the saviour of Africa or be the Prime Minister known for bankrupting Britain.