SFO seeks retrial of former Tesco execs

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has written to the court to ask for a retrial of three former Tesco executives accused of fraud and false accounting after the original trial was abandoned after one of the execs, Carl Rogberg former finance chief, suffered a heart attack

In February Judge Deborah Taylor dismissed the jury after an 18-week trial, saying it was not ‘right and proper’ to continue after Rogberg suffered a heart attack on 1 February.

Rogberg along with Chris Bush, former Tesco boss and John Scouler, former commercial food director, faced allegations of fraud and false accounting over a £250m profit black hole, which came to light in 2014. All three deny the charges.

Rogberg’s lawyer Neil O’May has said that his client ‘is extremely disappointed by the decision’.

O’May said: ‘He had wanted the previous jury to be able to reach its verdict and was shocked when that trial was abandoned. Mr Rogberg will now continue to fight these allegations to prove his innocence.’

A date for the next hearing will be set in due course.

Report by Amy Austin

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