Former York council candidate and charity founder to stand trial for rape – YorkMix


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Monday 27 September, 2021 by in News
A former York community campaigner who stood for election for the city council has been charged with rape.
Gordon Campbell-Thomas, 71, appeared at York Crown Court today (Monday) when he pleaded not guilty to two counts of raping a woman and one count of administering a substance with intent to overpower or stupefy in order to allow sexual activity.
The alleged offences are said to have occurred in 2020.
Campbell-Thomas, of Ascot Way, York, has stood for election to City of York Council on a number of occasions, for the Green Party, Labour, and as an Independent.
He has also been involved in numerous community organisations.
Campbell-Thomas is a founder member of the St Nicks Nature Reserve and was an active campaigner against plans to create a ‘Coppergate II’ shopping centre.
Judge Sean Morris, the Recorder of York, set a trial date of April 4 next year.
Campbell-Thomas was released on bail until that date on condition that he does not contact any named witnesses.
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