Ex Wootton councillor fails to turn up at court to answer five sex charges

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A former councillor failed to show up at court today where he faced charges alleging five sex offences.

Paul Prescod should have appeared at Luton Crown Court this morning for his case, which was listed for 11.30am.

Former councillor Paul Prescod.

Former councillor Paul Prescod.

But when the case was called on shortly after mid-day Mr Prescod still hadn’t arrived at the court.

His barrister Stephen Moore told the court it was possible his client hadn’t realised the hearing was today.

Judge Stuart Bridge, sitting in Court 4, issued a bench warrant “backed for bail” meaning the 49-year-old former Lib Dem councillor who represented the village of Wootton until last year, will be re-admitted to bail once he has been seen by the police.

The case today was listed as a preliminary hearing and should have been Mr Prescod’s first appearance in the crown court.

Judge Bridge said he was re-listing the hearing for next Tuesday.

Mr Prescod of Cynthia Court, Wootton, is charged with three offences of sexual assault and two offences of assault by penetration.