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Policeman's perjury charge case new date

PUBLISHED: 04:05 02 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK police officer today appeared in court charged with perjury.

Kevin Hegarty, 44, is accused of committing perjury at Giovanni Di Stefano's fraud trial in 1994.

A SUFFOLK police officer today appeared in court charged with perjury.

Kevin Hegarty, 44, is accused of committing perjury at Giovanni Di Stefano's fraud trial in 1994.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Mr Stefano asked the Crown Prosecution Service to start proceedings against Hegarty but the CPS refused.

Today the court was told that a private prosecution was underway by Giovanni Di Stefano's international law office from Rome, Italy.

Richard Kelly, prosecuting, said the offence was alleged to have taken place on July 8 1994. Hegarty was charged with perjury on September 17 this year.

Simon Spence, defending, said a not guilty plea had been indicated and there would be an application to dismiss the case.

Judge John Devaux said Hegarty's case would be dealt with in future at another court, possibly Chelmsford Crown Court.

Hegarty, who has not been suspended from his duties as a police officer, was released on bail until February 1, 2002 when there is to be a pleas and directions hearing.

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