Housing association to hold discussions with director after drugs case
Cleared Fabrick boss returns to work
A senior housing director is set to return to work after being cleared of conspiring to supply cocaine.
Susan Thompson, 44, group director of operations at 14,500-home Fabrick Housing Group, was cleared of conspiracy to supply cocaine at Newcastle Crown Court last week, following a trial that lasted eight weeks. She returned to work on Monday, but has been given two weeks’ leave to prepare for a meeting with her employer to discuss the case.
Prosecutors had argued Ms Thompson and her police officer husband Paul Thompson were buying cocaine from Mr Thompson’s half-brother Brian Thompson, 51, and supplying it to friends. They claimed text messages on Ms Thompson’s phone from colleagues referred to requests for cocaine.
The defence successfully argued the texts referred to kamagra - a legal, herbal impotence drug - or alcohol.
Fabrick has already indicated that staff who sent the text messages to Ms Thompson had committed no wrongdoing.
Ms Thompson was acquitted on Thursday. Her husband was found guilty of one count of misconduct in a public office. He also admitted three counts of possession of cocaine and was fined £1,000 in total - £250 for each charge. He was cleared of conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Fabrick, parent group of Erimus Housing and Tees Valley Housing, said it would meet Ms Thompson to discuss matters relating to the case, but refused to confirm what these are.
A spokesperson said: ‘Now the case is over some of the lesser matters that relate to it need to be considered internally in the context of any director’s responsibilities as a senior officer.’ Inside Housing understands the discussions are not about disciplinary action.
Brian Thompson, of Thorneyford Place, David Wood, 51, of Silver Lonnen, and Stephen Wood, 48, of Thornhill Road, all Newcastle, were all cleared of conspiracy to commit misconduct.
They previously admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and were sentenced to six, eight and 12 years’ in prison respectively.