Search

Bribes denied in £500,000 deal

PUBLISHED: 12:35 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:40 25 August 2010

A COUNCIL officer accepted bribes to secure his friend a lucrative contract on a rundown council estate, a court heard on Tuesday.

A COUNCIL officer accepted bribes to secure his friend a lucrative contract on a rundown council estate, a court heard on Tuesday.

Colin Monk, 64, of Upton Road, Poole, convinced bosses at the council to give Phillip Tadd, of Woolwich Road, Abbey Wood, a £500,000 heating contract to fit solar panels and make the building more 'energy efficient', jurors were told.

Monk, a senior officer of the London Borough of Lambeth, 'corruptly received' two payments from Tadd as a reward for getting him the deal, it is claimed.

Southwark Crown Court heard Monk also deceived managers by failing to declare his 'personal or business' relationship with the heating engineer.

The council officer accepted nearly £4,500 from 54-year-old Tadd - director of Heatplus Ltd - for work done on Tompkyns House, in Kennington.

Prosecutor Edmund Gritt told the court: "[Mr Monk] was involved in the administration of a major initiative on the part of the borough, the objective was the improvement of heating and water systems in council housing."

The jury heard Monk was 'instrumental in advancing' Tadd to become the main contractor in the renovation project in June 2002.

It is also alleged Monk had even purchased the business Heatplus Ltd as a 'shell company' and later signed it over to his co-defendant.

Mr Gritt said: "Eight days after purchasing this shell company of behalf of Mr Tadd, Mr Monk sent an email to the project manager requesting that Mr Tadd, trading as heatplus Ltd, be sent a tendering application pack.

"Nowhere does Mr Monk mention the very close relationship that must have already existed between them as it was him who acquired the company in the first place."

Once Tadd began work on the project two payments were made to Monk - the first for £2,904 was made to his business account and the second for £1,500 - was made to his personal account.

The corruption did not come to light until two years later in 2004, the jury was told.

But when questioned Monk claimed he recieved the first payment for providing Tadd with 'consultancy advice' unconnected to the job, but did not reveal why he had recieved the second amount.

Monk and Tadd both deny four counts of corruption.

The trial continues.

0 comments

Latest Bexley news

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A man who ran over two elderly women with his electric wheelchair was sentenced on Friday, November 16 at Southwark Crown Court.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Christmas 2018 and the Northern Lights are welcomed to Bexleyheath on Saturday, November 17 with a spectacular mix of music and dance from stilt walkers to bhangra dancers, and acoustic artists to fire shows.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Now back from recording the second series of All Together Now, Brit School teacher and Bromley local Georg Tormann is now warming up for Christmas with his Beckenham-based choir.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Bexley artist has raised her concerns that a revamp of Hall Place will see the death of the art scene in the area.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wildlife enthusiasts are calling for “embarrassing” fly-tipping that is blighting marshland in Bexley to be cleared up.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Bexleyheath pub will be offering free gin and tonic today, in exchange for a very unusual currency - cake.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bexley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24