Portsmouth council boss cleared of all allegations

CLEARED Derek Offord

CLEARED Derek Offord

A COUNCIL officer accused of stealing from the dead has been cleared of all charges.

Derek Offord handled burials for people with no next of kin for Portsmouth City Council and was accused of stealing valuables from the homes of those who passed away.

As reported, he was found not guilty by the jury of one charge of theft and one of possession of criminal property after a three-week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.


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