(2008) Conservative Cllr. Robert Benson

A Conservative councillor in Harrow has appeared in court charged with engaging in sexual activity in a public lavatory. Robert Benson did not enter a plea at Harrow Magistrates’ Court last week. He has been suspended from the party but remains a councillor. Council leader David Ashton told the Harrow Observer: “Firstly, this is a matter for the courts. Secondly, as Conservative group leader, I have suspended Councillor Benson from the group. “If somebody is charged with a criminal offence, they are suspended as part of our standard procedure.” Mr Benson, 41, is accused of giving oral sex to another man in a public toilet in south Harrow on June 25th. He was arrested and bailed until July 8th, when he was charged. A 56-year-old from Essex man was issued with a caution. Mr Benson’s case will be heard on 30th July at Wimbledon Magistrates Court.


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