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17Sep92 UK: FORTY WITNESSES AT ENFIELD BOROUGH COUNCIL BUILDING CONTRACTS FRAUD CASE.

More than 40 witnesses will be called by the prosecution during the next two weeks of a trial into an alleged building contracts fraud involving Enfield Borough Council officials and local contractors.Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court heard how a greedy council surveyor was given thousands of pounds in bribes and sweeteners by two builders in return for lucrative council contracts.Roger Osborne had been a £14,000-a-year senior building surveyor with Enfield council until the alleged corruption came to light in June 1988. prosecutor Bruce Houlder told the court Mr Osborne was a prime target for bribes as he could not afford a £10,000 Ford Orion or the £40,000 in home improvements without the sweeteners.Before the court are: Thomas Unwin, managing director of T F Unwin Roydon Ltd (Builders) of Crews Hill, Enfield; Roger Osborne, a former council surveyor and architect of Onslow Gardens, south Woodford; Martin Hudson, a freelance quantity surveyor of London Road, Henfield; and Lajpat Gakhar, of Hounsdon Road, Winchmore Hill and James Gillard of Chislehurst Road, Orpington, both directors of Underpin and Makegood Contractors of Palmers Green.They all deny a total of six charges of corruption, one of using two false invoices and one of perverting the course of justice.Mr Osborne was in daily contact with contractors who would then influence those making the final decision on jobs worth £30,000 a shot, Mr Houlder said.The hearing continues.