Former council deputy leader denies all charges in court appearance

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The former deputy leader of Boston Borough Council has denied all 25 charges he faces in relation to his role as a landlord in a court hearing this morning.

Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire, 56, of Spilsby Road, has appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court today over charges which relate to a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) at 15 Main Ridge West, in Boston.

Raymond Singleton-McGuire arrives at court in Boston this morning

Raymond Singleton-McGuire arrives at court in Boston this morning

He spoke only to confirm his details and plead not guilty in a hearing conducted by District Judge John Stobart. He now faces a two-day trial at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court, scheduled for April 28.

He faces 25 in total charges in relation to his responsibilities as a landlord - including four of potentially putting tenants at risk of death or serious injury in case of fire. These have been brought by LIncolnshire Fire and Rescue.

Five further charges include being the manager of a HMO without a licence, with one count mentioning that the electrical distribution board was in an open and unprotected cupboard at the bottom of the stairs of the main fire escape route.

The final 16 charges he faces are in regards to failing to comply with several regulations in respect of the management of housing in multiple occupation - they include not having fire doors in bedrooms and kitchens, having no fire detection in rooms let as living accomodation or kitchens, cookers located dangerously in relation to electrical sockets, windows being in a poor state of repair, dirt, broken toilets and damaged light switches and cords. He also failed to provide electrical and gas safety certificates after being asked to produce one.

Those 21 charges have been brought by Boston Borough Council.

Coun Singleton-McGuire was removed from his post as deputy leader and finance portfolio holder pending this legal action.