South East Wales

Car insurance fraud case against Newport woman 'weak'

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The case against a woman accused of involvement in a car insurance fraud ring is "weak", a court has heard.

Seven people deny conspiracy to defraud at Cardiff Crown Court after six insurance claims worth £144,000 were made between 2009 and 2011.

Bethan Palmer, 26, of Newport, allegedly helped fake an accident as a passenger in one of two cars.

On Wednesday, her barrister said there is "no direct evidence" the crash did not occur.

Ms Palmer is accused of being involved in faking an accident between a Vauxhall Astra and a Volkswagen Polo.

'Nothing to explain'

Her barrister told the jury the "case against her is so weak, that there is nothing to explain".

Ms Palmer has chosen not to give evidence in court and jurors were reminded she was under no obligation to do so.

The court heard she had previously been convicted of drink driving, but before that she "was a young woman of entirely good character".

The case continues.

The accused

  • Bethan Palmer, 26, from Newport, denies conspiracy to defraud and perverting the course of justice
  • Stephen Pegram, 49, from Blackwood, denies conspiracy to defraud
  • Nicola Cook, 41, from Hengoed, denies conspiracy to defraud
  • Nicola Rees, 48, from Bargoed, Caerphilly county, denies conspiracy to defraud
  • Stephen Brooks, 45, from Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, denies conspiracy to defraud
  • Adam Fear, 27, from Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, denies conspiracy to defraud
  • Matthew Davies, 33, from Pontypridd, denies conspiracy to defraud

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