No trial for tycoon’s wife

Chris Gorman
Chris Gorman

A BRITISH millionaire’s wife who was arrested in a US nightclub will not stand trial on charges of resisting arrest and possession of cocaine.

Instead prosecutors in Orlando, Florida, have decided that Mary Gorman, wife of Hartlepool entrepreneur and former Gadget Shop chairman Chris Gorman, will take part in a pre-trial diversion programme.

If completed satisfactorily, all charges against the 44-year-old will be dismissed.

State prosecutors have agreed the case can be resolved through a process that requires no admission of guilt by Mrs Gorman.

Mrs Gorman’s Orlando-based lawyer, Mark Horwitz, said: “The pre-trial diversion programme is a common method to resolve cases when the State and the defence believe that a trial is not warranted.

“In addition, there is no admission of guilt on Mary’s part.

“The completion of the programme will result in all charges against Mary being dismissed and there will be no criminal conviction record stemming from this incident.

“It is very positive that the State Prosecutor’s office is in agreement with this approach and the details of the programme will be agreed in the new year.”

Details of the pre-trial programme are yet to be finalised.

Mrs Gorman said: “Living under the shadow of this incident over the past few months has placed our family under considerable strain and so I am very encouraged that a resolution has been agreed.

“We fully agree with our lawyer and the State Prosecutor’s office that this is the most suitable way to deal with the matter and look forward to agreeing the details in the new year.”

Mr Gorman, 44, who lives with his wife in Renfrewshire, Scotland, and was awarded an OBE in 2005, had never faced any charges in relation to the incident, said to have taken place at Orlando’s Roxy nightclub after police found two men and a woman in the men’s toilets on August 13.

The former English Martyrs School pupil was arrested for interfering with his wife’s arrest – but no charges were brought against him and the case was closed.