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29Oct92 UK: GUILTY BOSS TO FACE RETRIAL - ROBERT OSBORNE, UNDERPIN AND MAKEGOOD CONTRACTORS DIRECTOR GAKHAR.

A building boss and a former Enfield council surveyor were found guilty of perverting the course of justice on Monday following a six week trial at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court.Former surveyor Robert Osborne of Onslow Gardens, south Woodford, and Underpin and Makegood Contractors director Lajpat Gakhar of Houndsden Road, Winchmore Hill, were found guilty by a majority of 10-2.Both were found not guilty of corruption charges in relation to inducements for building contractors in 1988.T F Unwin Roydon (Builders) director Thomas Unwin of Burnt Farm Ride, Crews Hill, and Underpin and Makegood Contractors director James Gillard of Chislehurst Road, Orpington were found not guilty of all charges.The jury failed to reach a verdict on further charges against Osborne and Gakhar and freelance quantity surveyor Martin Hudson of London Road, Henfield, who worked for Unwins.Those charges will be the subject of a retrial next year.The further charges are that Osborne, on a day in 1988, accepted building works at his home as an inducement in relation to building contracts; that Gakhar, on or about September 9 1987, gave Osborne a Ford Orion as an inducement for building contracts; that Hudson, on a day in 1988, gave Osborne building works corruptly as an inducement in relation to building contracts; and that Osborne and Hudson, on or about May 16 1988, used false invoices with the intention of inducing persons to accept them as genuine during investigations into corruption.