LEADING Ipswich councillor Stephen Barker is to appear in court next month to answer charges relating to the execution of a will. Barker, 58, of The Green, Ashbocking was summonsed to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on January 31.
He has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to the execution of a will. He appeared before south east Suffolk magistrates on February 15 and the case was sent to Ipswich Crown Court.
He is due to appear in the crown court for a plea and case management hearing on April 27. Barker was leader of the Conservative group on the borough council for four years between 2000 and 2004 when it was in opposition.