Ex-Derbyshire County Council chairman Robin Baldry pleads guilty to theft

A FORMER Derbyshire County Council chairman today pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from the authority.

Robin Baldry, of Terrace Road, Buxton, was ordered to see a probation officer who will compile a report for when he is sentenced next week.

Baldry admitted theft of £863 in subsistence allowances from the council between May 1, 2005 and October 30, 2010.

He also pleaded guilty to theft of £1,200 in mileage claims from the authority between the same dates.

He used crutches when he appeared at Derby Crown Court for the 15-minute hearing during which he admitted the offences.

Peter Pimm, mitigating, said: “He is 70 and in poor health.”

He suggested the sentence could be “dealt with by a financial penalty.”

Justin Widoger, prosecuting, said there would be an application from the council for compensation as well as a claim for costs in bringing the case to court.

Judge John Burgess said all options would be considered for the sentence.

He said: “I would like to know a bit more about him, most of which Mr Pimm I suspect will be able to tell me.

“I would like to know an alternative to a custodial sentence. I suspect unpaid work is not realistic given his health and age.

“It may well be there is some other course like a curfew which may be an appropriate part of a suspended sentence for example.”

Baldry was granted bail.