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Three to be sentenced in election fraud case

Three people convicted of election fraud are due to be sentenced this morning (18 Dec).

Charles Lewin from Crosby admitted three counts of election fraud in September, while Douglas women Gail Corrin and Kerry Rothwell were found guilty of manipulating the proxy voting system, following a six-week trial.

The charges relate to the 2010 Douglas East by-election when Lewin was the campaign manager for one of the candidates, celebrity chef Kevin Woodford.

Whatever happens this morning, the matter is not at an end.

It’s seems almost certain appeals will be lodged by both female defendants, and with a huge political dimension and a bill expected to cost the taxpayer several million pounds – an exact figure has yet to be confirmed – political and legal repercussions are certain.

The evidence that emerged during the case horrified many and last month the judge who presided over the trial Deemster David Turner said he deplored the fact sentencing had been delayed due to procedural issues.

The three will be sentenced at 11am.

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