Court date for ex-Mayor facing assault charges

David Heginbotham arrives at Burnley Magistrates Court
David Heginbotham arrives at Burnley Magistrates Court

A former Mayor of Burnley has pleaded not guilty after being charged with two counts of assault and one count of driving with excess alcohol.

Coun. David Heginbotham, who was Mayor of Burnley in 2011-12, appeared at Burnley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. The case was adjourned until October 28th.

I have no intenion of standing down from the council as I wish to continue serving the people of Cliviger and Worsthorne as I have done for so many years

Coun. David Heginbotham

It is alleged that Coun. Heginbotham assaulted his wife, former Mayoress Joan Heginbotham, and step-daughter Michelle Lord, before driving while over the legal alcohol limit in Park Road, Cliviger, on July 4th this year.

But the 75-year-old, the Conservative member for Cliviger and Worsthorne and a councillor for 20 years, denies all allegations and vowed to “clear his name” earlier this month.

During that interview, he said: “I will be pleading not guilty and will fight these allegations to the bitter end to clear my name.

“I have had to leave the family home which I built 34 years ago, which I feel very aggrieved over.”

Coun. Heginbotham, who runs his own property company, also vowed to continue serving on Burnley Council pending the outcome of the case.

He currently sits on Burnley Council’s Development Control Committee and Scrutiny Committee.

He added: “I have no intenion of standing down from the council as I wish to continue serving the people of Cliviger and Worsthorne as I have done for so many years.”