Laura Johnson appears as far removed as is possible from the lawless “underclass” said to have been blighting Britain’s streets.
The 19–year–old is a high–flying pupil who attended St Olave’s Grammar School – the fourth best performing state school in the country.
She is now reading English and Italian at the University of Exeter.
However, Miss Johnson now stands accused, along with two others, in connection with the alleged theft of £5,000 of goods from the Stonelake Retail Park in Charlton, south London.
The goods were allegedly found in a car being driven by Miss Johnson.
It was claimed that they were stolen from a Comet store [sic]. Miss Johnson appeared before Bexleyheath magistrates’ court where she indicated a plea of not guilty to five counts of burglary.
Her parents, Robert and Lindsay Johnson, live in a large detached farmhouse in Orpington in Kent. They bought the house, which has extensive grounds and a tennis court, in 2006.
Before moving there they sold their previous house, 10 miles away near Greenwich, for £930,000.
Mr Johnson is a successful businessman, with directorships in several companies. The couple run Avongate, a direct marketing company. Mr Johnson was also a director in a company that took over the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport newspapers in 2007.
Miss Johnson was granted bail on condition that she does not associate with her co–accused, wears an electronic tag, submits to a curfew between 7pm and 6am and does not enter any London postcode. Both her parents were in court to offer her their support.
She is due to return to the court on Sept 21 when her case is expected to be committed to the Inner London Crown Court.
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