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Harlow man Chris Golding’s bail application refused as seven given trial date over cocaine dealing

Crime / Mon 9th Nov 2020 at 07:43pm

A HARLOW man charged with dealing in cocaine has had his application for bail refused.

Christopher Golding, aged 38, of Hart Road, Harlow appeared on Monday afternoon , along with seven others, at Chelmsford magistrates court.

Golding was arrested during a series of nineteen dawn raids by Essex Police across Harlow on Thursday October 8th.

He was charged with conspiring to supply a Class A drug.

In front of Judge Seely, Golding’s barrister made a plea for bail stressing his links to the community, and his business demands.

They pledged that bail conditions such as electronic tagging and the use of just one mobile phone could be facilitated. He also highlighted that the police had Golding’s passport.

The court also heard that two financial pledges had been made.

Golding’s father in law’s brother, Philip Keen, had pledged a security of £100,000.

Mr Keen was asked to take the witness stand, and answer questions.

He was asked why he was putting the money forward.

He said: “Because I have known Christopher for a long time”.

Asked if this was a lot of money to him, he replied: “Well, I wouldn’t want to gamble with it.”

The court also heard that Frankie Campbell of Global Group of Companies Limited had pledged a surety of £250,000.

Golding’s mother worked for the company.

Judge Seely dismissed the application.

Golding was informed that his next court appearance would be January 18th for further case management.

It was anticipated that he would then get the opportunity to make a plea.

A trial date of October 18th, 2021 was also set.

The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

Six other men also appeared in court.

Stuart Thurgood, 38 of Morley Grove, Harlow

David Wilkinson, 36, of Primrose Hill, Haverhill, Suffolk

Lee Wilkinson, 38, of Parsonage, Leys, Harlow

Robert Aldred, 29, of Pittmans Field, Harlow

Lee Collett, 37 of Perry Spring, Harlow

Agirdas Gustaits, 30, of Meadow Court, Harlow.

They had all been charged with conspiring to supply a class A drug.

All were informed that they would continue to be remanded in custody and their next appearance would be January 18th, 2021 with view to a trial in October 2021.

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