Jury in fraud trial of Shelterbox founder fail to reach verdict

The jury in the trial of Shelterbox founder Tom Henderson and his son John have been discharged after failing to reach a verdict. The 65-year-old from Helston was accused of securing lucrative contracts for his son to help him buy a new house.

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Shelterbox founder 'not guilty' of fraud, judge decides

A judge has ordered a not guilty verdict on Tom Henderson, his son John and Darren Gervis. Credit: PA Images

The founder of Cornish charity Shelterbox has been found not guilty of fraud by a judge, and will not be facing a retrial.

65-year-old Tom Henderson - who no longer works for the charity - was accused of fraud after allegedly awarding lucrative contracts to his son's firm.

However following a six-week trial, Henderson, his son John and another man, Darren Gervis, were discharged, after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

All three denied conspiracy to commit fraud. They were waiting to hear whether or not the prosecution would seek a re-trial - and have now been told it will not, after the judge's order that not guilty verdicts be returned on all three.

Tom Henderson (l) and his son John (r). Credit: ITV West Country

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