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.

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