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Fundraiser guilty of taking cash given for Rigby’s son

A FUNDRAISER has been found guilty of pocketing cash collected for the young son of murdered soldier Lee Rigby.

Gary Gardner, who spent money raised at truck-pull events on a flop music single, was convicted by a jury. He had denied fraud.

The 56-year-old (pictured), who showed no emotion as the verdict was read, will be sentenced today at Leicester crown court.

Gardner, from Medbourne, Leicestershire, approached Fusilier Rigby’s widow Rebecca after he was stabbed to death by terrorists in London in May 2013. She accepted his offer of help for son Jack and he held three truck-pulls attended by thousands in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

But he never paid her any money and spent up to £5,000 on promoting the charity single, which raised only £200.

He blamed bad weather at a launch event in London for the failure but the jury convicted him after hearing funds had also been used to ‘prop up’ his own overdrawn bank account.

Mrs Rigby was in court to hear the verdict yesterday.