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  • Fusilier Lee Rigby was hacked to death outside his barracks in May 2013
  • Pastry chef Gary Gardner, 54, organised a series of charity truck-pulls
  • He claimed to have released a charity single to raise money for Jack Rigby 
  • But the boy, who was two when he lost his father, has allegedly not seen money   

By Keiligh Baker for MailOnline

Published: 11:38 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 11:39 EST, 17 February 2017

Gary Gardner is accused of keeping the money raised through a series of charity events (He is pictured outside Leicester Crown Court today) Gary Gardner is accused of keeping the money raised through a series of charity events (He is pictured outside Leicester Crown Court today)

Gary Gardner is accused of keeping the money raised through a series of charity events (He is pictured outside Leicester Crown Court today)

A fundraiser accused of spending money raised during charity events for murdered soldier Lee Rigby's infant son has denied he spent the cash on recording a song with his band. 

Gary Gardner, 54, of Medbourne, Leicestershire, is accused of keeping the money raised through events he organised in aid of Fusilier Rigby's six-year-old son, Jack.

A court heard pastry chef Garder put on three truck-pull events in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Medbourne and Market Harborough and even recruited a number of celebrities to take part.

They were attended by thousands of people, including Fusilier Rigby's widow Rebecca, 33, and Jack.

Gardner today denied three charges under the Fraud Act when he appeared at Leicester Crown Court.

The first charge was that between May 2013 and February 2016 he abused his position as a trustee of money charitably donated in aid of Jack Rigby, by failing to account for the total monies donated.

A court heard pastry chef Garder put on three truck-pull events in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Medbourne and Market Harborough and even recruited a number of celebrities to take part (He is pictured, front, at one of the events with Harry Potter star Rupert Grint) A court heard pastry chef Garder put on three truck-pull events in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Medbourne and Market Harborough and even recruited a number of celebrities to take part (He is pictured, front, at one of the events with Harry Potter star Rupert Grint)

A court heard pastry chef Garder put on three truck-pull events in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Medbourne and Market Harborough and even recruited a number of celebrities to take part (He is pictured, front, at one of the events with Harry Potter star Rupert Grint)

The charity events were attended by thousands of people, including Fusilier Rigby's widow Rebecca (pictured right, with Jack, at Lee's funeral. Left: Lee Rigby and an infant Jack)

The second charge was that between May 2013 and February 2014 he abused his position as a trustee of money donated in aid of Jack Rigby, by using the money to pay for the production of a music single.

The third charge was that between May 2013 and an unknown date he abused his

position as a trustee of money charitably donated in aid of Jack Rigby, by failing to transfer any donated money to Jack Rigby.

Judge Michael Chambers QC gave Gardner unconditional bail and ordered him to return to court for trial on October 2.

Music, media and event specialist Gary Gardner, 54, organised charity truck-pull events in Leicestershire between 2013 and 2015 to raise money for Rigby's son Jack Music, media and event specialist Gary Gardner, 54, organised charity truck-pull events in Leicestershire between 2013 and 2015 to raise money for Rigby's son Jack

Music, media and event specialist Gary Gardner, 54, organised charity truck-pull events in Leicestershire between 2013 and 2015 to raise money for Rigby's son Jack

Gardener (pictured) is accused of pretending to raise money for murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby's son but keeping the profits for himself Gardener (pictured) is accused of pretending to raise money for murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby's son but keeping the profits for himself

Gardener (pictured) is accused of pretending to raise money for murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby's son but keeping the profits for himself

Gardner set up truck-pulls which attracted thousands of onlookers to raise cash to put into a trust for Jack and other charities.

Music, media and event specialist Gardner manages a band called Together in Harmony which he says is a 'group of up and coming artists from all over the UK' supporting many different charitable causes.

He claimed on his Linked In profile that it released a 'charity single' which was 'raising funds for the Fusilier Aid Society and a trust fund for Fusilier Lee Rigby's son'.

Gardener's Facebook page shows the media and event specialist posing with pop star Will.i.am Gardener's Facebook page shows the media and event specialist posing with pop star Will.i.am

Gardener's Facebook page shows the media and event specialist posing with pop star Will.i.am

The events in took place in Leicestershire between 2013 and 2015 to raise money for Rigby's son Jack The events in took place in Leicestershire between 2013 and 2015 to raise money for Rigby's son Jack

The events in took place in Leicestershire between 2013 and 2015 to raise money for Rigby's son Jack

But it is alleged the youngster never received a penny from any of the events.

Jack was aged two when his dad was killed by Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, when he was attacked outside Woolwich Barracks on May 22, 2013.

Adebolajo was given a whole-life term and Adebowale was jailed for a minimum of 45 years for the murder of Fusilier Rigby, who was from Middleton, Manchester.

Rigby, a drummer and machine-gunner in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top when he was attacked. 

Gardener (pictured) is accused of abusing his position as a trustee and spending funds raised on a music single Gardener (pictured) is accused of abusing his position as a trustee and spending funds raised on a music single

Gardener (pictured) is accused of abusing his position as a trustee and spending funds raised on a music single

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