THE SPOKESMAN for South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes has denied charges of kidnap and perverting the course of justice – and is now set to face a trial this summer.
Craig Jackson (pictured right), of Wharf Street, Sutton Bridge, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court again on Tuesday with four other people facing charges relating to an attempted kidnap of Lawrence Marshall in Holbeach Clough.
Mr Jackson, who recently spent his 40th birthday in prison while remanded in custody, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to kidnap Mr Marshall between January 27 and 31.
He also denied assaulting Mr Marshall causing him actual bodily harm on Janaury 30 and to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by giving false accounts to the police and destroying evidence.
When asked for a plea on the first charge he told the court he was “totally innocent”.
Mr Jackson worked as an agent for Mr Hayes, a skills minister in the coalition government, and as a researcher for Stephen O’Brien, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for international development.
He was also a South Holland district councillor for Long Sutton and served in the army.
Andrew Sayer (39), of Moons Green, Moulton, and Ian Barnes (40), of Cloudesley Road, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex, each denied conspiracy to kidnap and assault on Tuesday.
Mr Jackson’s sister Angela Skeels (37), of Crown Lodge, Holbeach Clough, denied conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Gina Page (47), of Estuary Close, King’s Lynn, denied conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The case was adjourned for trial on a date to be arranged.
It is thought the trial will for several days and is likely to take place in thesummer.
Both Mr Jackson and Mr Barnes were remanded in custody by Recorder Yvonne Coen QC.
The remaining three were granted bail until the next hearing.