Actor Dean Gaffney has been granted travel expenses for making a wasted journey to Colchester Court. The one-time Eastenders actor had faced charges of withholding the name of a driver alleged to have committed an offence in Billericay last April.
When 37-year-old Gaffney arrived in Colchester on Monday, he was told the Crown Prosecution Service had no evidence of any wrongdoing and the magistrates threw the case out of court. Magistrate David Druitt noted that the accused had travelled from Leatherhead to appear in court and asked if he wished to lodge a claim for travel expenses.
The actor replied that he did and said the journey was more than 80 miles but he would be happy with compensation for just the 80. The bench accepted his claim and granted a payment of £36 which worked out at 45-pence per mile yet did not seem to cover the return journey.
Gaffney played Robbie Jackson in the BBC soap opera Eastenders for 10 years from 1993. He has made a number of return appearances since leaving in 2003 and also featured in the 2006 run of I’m a Celebrity….. Get Me Out of Here. After leaving Eastenders in 2003, he appeared in The Club, another reality series, and won.
The case that originally led to the police prosecution involved the driver of a silver Mercedes who police claimed had committed an offence while behind the wheel. Gaffney was involved in a serious road accident near Derby three years ago and required skull surgery.