Gaz Corfield, 8:55 am, Monday, 9 January, 2012Follow @TheWestLondoner
A millionaire’s daughter who is alleged to have taken part in the London riots by looting thousands of pounds of electronic goods is to stand trial today.
The woman in question, an Exeter University student who achieved top marks in her four A-Levels at one of the best state schools in the UK, will appear at Inner London Crown Court today.
Laura Johnson, 19, pleaded not guilty to five counts of burglary following the London riots of August last year. She was said to have been found driving a car, along with two males aged 17 and 18, which contained £5,000 of stolen goods; two TVs, a microwave and several mobile phones.
The goods were allegedly linked to the looting of a Comet branch in Charlton, south-east London.
Johnson’s father, Robert, is a businessman who holds a number of directorships in several companies – including the one which took over the struggling Daily Sport and Sunday Sport newspapers in 2007. He and his wife Lindsay run the direct marketing company Avongate.
As part of her bail conditions, Johnson must wear an electronic tag with a curfew that operates between 7pm and 6am and remain at her parents’ home, a farmhouse in Orpington reportedly valued at over £1 million.
She is also prohibited from entering any London postcode, except to speak to her lawyers or to appear in court, and may not associate with her two co-defendants.
Her curfew conditions have also prevented Johnson from continuing her studies at Exeter University, where she is reading for a degree in English and Italian. Although she remains a student, a university spokesman did not rule out the possibility of internal disciplinary action against her.
A spokesman said: “We can confirm that Laura Johnson is an undergraduate student at the University of Exeter. The university will await the outcome of the court case before deciding on whether to take any action.”
Johnson attended the prestigious St Olave’s grammar school, which prides itself on being in the “top 1%” of schools in the country by exam results. She achieved A* grades in all four of her A-levels.
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