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Court told scrapyard case is ‘nasty little conspiracy’
10:30am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
POLICE officers involved in an undercover sting operation at a scrapyard have been accused of being part of a “nasty little conspiracy”.
Detective Constable Jez Long gave evidence yesterday at Oxford Crown Court as the trial of five employees of Nuneham Courtenay-based firm TR Rogers & Sons reached the end of its second week.
He told the jury one of his jobs was to transcribe audio recordings made at the yard by ‘Kinger’ and ‘Andy’ – two undercover officers who posed as metal thieves.
The prosecution alleges that the defendants accepted “suspicious” metal cables and lead from the pair, despite suspecting there was something wrong.
Peter Stage, defending Simon Rogers, said it was a “seminal moment” in the case against his client when the recording by ‘Andy’ apparently picked his defendant saying he had “turned a blind eye” to the metal.
But the barrister asked DC Long why he had written “inaudible” when the same line came up on the transcript of the ‘Kinger’ tape.
He said: “That was a deliberate lie, wasn’t it?” Mr Long replied: “No it wasn’t.”
But after listening to the tape again in court, DC Long admitted he could now hear the words being said. Mr Stage said this was evidence of a “nasty little conspiracy”.
Terence Rogers, 70, of High Street, Drayton St Leonard; Simon Rogers, 42, of Bromsgrove, Faringdon; Martin Pace, 36, of Abbott Road, Didcot; Ian Marshall, 29, of Evenlode Drive, Berinsfield, and Darren Andrews, 34, of Colwell Road, Berinsfield, deny attempting to conceal, disguise or convert criminal property.
The trial continues.