May 21, 2021 11.34 am This story is over 30 months old

Man wanted over alleged memorial headstones con

He failed to attend court

A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Spalding man who is accused of failing to supply memorial headstones to his customers.

Julian Karl Gaunt, 52, had been due to go on trial at Lincoln Crown Court in April last year, but the hearing was adjourned because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It was the second time Gaunt’s trial had been adjourned after it was originally listed in 2019.

Gaunt failed to attend on Thursday, May 13, when his case was listed for a pre-trial hearing at Lincoln Crown Court.

The hearing was told Gaunt had not replied to registered mail sent to his last known address.

Judge Simon Hirst issued a warrant for Gaunt’s arrest, stating: “Mr Gaunt has a duty to keep his solicitors informed of his whereabouts.”

Gaunt is bring prosecuted by Lincolnshire Trading Standards. No new trial date has yet been set.

At a previous court hearing in November 2018, Gaunt, then of Queen’s Road, Spalding, pleaded not guilty to eight charges of fraud.

The alleged offences related to the supply and erection of memorial headstones on dates between October 20, 2015 and July 22, 2016.

He also denied a further charge of theft of a memorial headstone between July 1 and December 31, 2016.

His trial is expected to last four days.