Orpington's Christopher Tappin to be sentenced over Iranian arms deal today

PUBLISHED: 09:58 09 January 2013

Retired businessman Christopher Tappin, with his wife Elaine.

Retired businessman Christopher Tappin, with his wife Elaine.

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Retired Orpington businessman Christopher Tappin will be sentenced today in Texas after pleading guilty to arms dealing.

The 66-year-old, of Larch Dene, Farnborough Park, faces a 33-month jail term, which prosecutors would not oppose him serving in the UK.

He previously denied attempting to sell 50 Oxide batteries for Iranian surface-to-air missles, claiming to be the victim of an FBI sting.

Tappin, a former president of Kent Golf Union, was arrested in 2010 and fought extradition for two years - eventually arriving in America in February last year.

He spent 60 days in Otero County prison, in New Mexico, before he was released on bail in April and began living with one of his lawyer in Houston, Texas.

After reaching an agreement with US prosecutors, Tappin changed his plea to guilty in November.

Speakking after the hearing, his wife Elaine said: “My overwhelming feeling remains one of anxiety and sadness.

“However, at last I dare hope that Chris will be back on home soil next year. I feel we are getting to the beginning of the end.”

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