McFarnon VAT trial set for January


The case of former Unique Distribution managing director John McFarnon, charged with VAT fraud, will not go to trial until January next year.

McFarnon has been charged with offences relating to the trade of mobile phones at Unique and trading entity Future Communications between November 2005 and June 2006.

He faces charges along with Haider Ravjani, boss of Unique parent company IGB Group, and eight other Unique associates.

McFarnon, now managing director of Advantage Cellular, and the IGB/Unique executives appeared at Kingston Magistrates Court on June 17 to hear the charges.

On Monday (June 30), Kingston Magistrates Court scheduled a ‘plea and fix’ hearing at Kingston Crown Court for January 16, 2009, at which those charged are expected to enter pleas.

The deadline for submission of evidence by HM Revenue and Customs is August 29, with a directions hearing for the judge and defence counsel set for October 24.

His current employer, Advantage, has vowed to stand by McFarnon until he clears his name.