Man admits intimidation of witness in Balkwell probe

Thurrock Gazette: Lee Balkwell Lee Balkwell

A MAN has admitted intimidating a potential witness in the ongoing investigation into the death of Lee Balkwell.

Scott Bromley, 39, of Herbert Grove, Southend, pleaded guilty to intimidating Mr Balkwell’s sister Tanya in a tanning salon.

Mr Balkwell, 33, was found dead trapped head first between the drum and chassis of a cement mixer at an industrial area on Baldwin’s Farm, South Ockendon, at 1am on July 18, 2002.

Five people, including Brom-ley, were arrested last November in connection with an onging police probe into the death.

Bromley, his parents David, 66, and Linda Bromley, 63, brother Simon Bromley and a 49-year-old woman from South Ockendon, were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

They were all released from bail without charge in May, apart from Simon, who remains on bail on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter and perverting the course of justice.

Basildon Crown Court heard Scott Bromley, while still on bail on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, approached Tanya Balkwell at the Absolutely Fabulous Tanning Salon, where she works in Upminster, on April 25.

He admitted “knowing or believing” that she was a “potential witness in proceedings” and attending her work place in an attempt to intimidate her and “pervert the course of justice”.

When he was arrested last November, a bail condition was placed on him to have no form of contact with Tanya.

He indicated he would deny the offence at an earlier Basildon Magis-trates’ Court hearing and was remanded in custody.

He is due to be sentenced at crown court this month.

No one was arrested in connection with Mr Balkwell’s death until last year.

An inquest in 2008 found he was unlawfully killed.

Mr Balkwell was working for Scott Bromley’s brother Simon, 43, at the time of his death.

He has always maintained it was an accident while they were drilling drying cement out from the drum.

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1:26pm Wed 21 Aug 13

Paul_Grays says...

So how some I can comment on this page where the court case is still ongoing and not the story on the illegal immigrant that has already been jailed for forging his identity and fraudulently claiming benefits.

Are you trying to socially control us TG and will you actually let this comment stand and have the **lls to allow people to comment on all stories.
So how some I can comment on this page where the court case is still ongoing and not the story on the illegal immigrant that has already been jailed for forging his identity and fraudulently claiming benefits. Are you trying to socially control us TG and will you actually let this comment stand and have the **lls to allow people to comment on all stories. Paul_Grays
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