Busi­ness­man sold £30m of ‘use­less’ bomb de­tec­tors

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A busi­ness­man turned over £3mil­lion a year sell­ing use­less bomb de­tec­tors to se­cu­rity forces around the world from his Ash­ford base, a court heard.

Gary Bolton claimed his GT200 de­vice could find ex­plo­sives, drugs, cash, to­bacco and even ivory at dis­tance of more than two miles.

But the de­tec­tor was ac­tu­ally noth­ing more than a re­tractable an­tenna mounted on a plas­tic box, ju­rors were told.

Bolton, who ad­mit­ted he has no back­ground in science or se­cu­rity, be­came in­volved in mar­ket­ing and sell­ing bomb de­tec­tors in the late 1990s.

The 47- year- old, of Red­shank Road, St Mary’s Is­land, Chatham, then brought out the GT200 through his Ash­ford-based busi­ness Global Tech­ni­cal.

Prose­cu­tor Richard Whit­tam QC told the Old Bai­ley he claimed it was ca­pa­ble of de­tect­ing a mere trace of a sub­stance.

He said: “The de­vice could be sold for about £10,000 per hand­set with £3,000 com­mis­sion go­ing to the agent.

“In fact the de­vice was noth­ing more than a box with a han­dle and an an­tenna at­tached to it.”

They were sold to coun­tries across the world, in­clud­ing Mex­ico and Thai­land, and were tested by Bri­tish Amer- The busi­ness es­tate in Ash­ford where Gary Bolton based his firm Global Tech­nolo­gies ican To­bacco and the Royal Dutch Navy.

Mr Whit­tam added: “De­spite the al­le­ga­tion they did not work, a great num­ber of peo­ple did buy them. Gary Bolton made con­sid­er­able sums of money.”

‘The de­vice was noth­ing more than a box with a han­dle and an an­tenna’

The pros­e­cu­tion sug­gest Bolton faked a re­port about the GT200 to mar­ket the de­vice.

Po­lice searched his of­fice, in Moat Way, Sev­ing­ton, in June 2010 and re­cov­ered £40,000 in cash as well as boxes, man­u­als and com­po­nents.

Bolton ad­mit­ted he had made the GT200 and was re­spon­si­ble for sell­ing them around the world.

Bolton, who claims the GT200 did work and he was not act­ing dis­hon­estly, de­nies fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion and mak­ing or sup­ply­ing an item for use in fraud.

The trial con­tin­ues.

Pic­ture: Mike Gun­nill

Pic­ture: Mike Gun­nill

Gary Bolton

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