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Trial postponed after defendant falls ill
A TRIAL in which the defendants are accused of conspiring to defraud mortgage companies of more than £1.6m has been adjourned after one of them fell ill.
The trial of Ghazala Ali and others at Teesside Crown was expected to last several weeks, but has now been postponed until November 6.
The jury was told that one of the defendants, Sohail Siraj, had fallen ill and the trial could not continue.
Mr Siraj, 38, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Mrs Ali, 44, of Acklam Road, Middlesbrough, her husband, businessman Mohammed Asif Ali, 55, also of Acklam Road, Carol Ann Bainbridge, 46, of Brafferton, near Darlington, and Tanveer Hussain, 36, from Leeds, all plead not guilty to conspiracy to defraud.
Mr and Mrs Ali and Ms Bainbridge are alleged to have given false information in mortgage applications for properties they bought in County Durham and Teesside between June 1 2007 and August 31 2009.
The prosecution in the case say that Mr Siraj and Mr Hussain helped broker the dishonest transactions, something they deny.