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Alleged fraudster 'stayed at Co Antrim B&B using an alias'

By Alan Erwin

An alleged fraudster thought to have fled to Germany was living in a Co Antrim guesthouse under a false name for three months, the High Court has heard.

Jens Giesel was finally arrested for a suspected property rental scam after police discovered he had been staying at the Lisburn bed and breakfast, prosecutors said. The 36-year-old accused, who has dual South African and German nationality, faces a charge of making an article for use in fraud.

During a successful bail application, the court was told police also want to question him about an alleged unpaid £3,600 bill from the guesthouse.

Giesel, whose address was given as North Circular Road, Lisburn, is accused of trying to defraud Ulster Property Sales out of £720 in rental arrears for a former home in Bangor, Co Down.

Prosecutor Fiona O'Kane said he emailed the company a screen shot of a bank transfer for the amount from an account in South Africa back in April 2013. Checks revealed that the payment was never made, the court heard.

With Giesel now wanted, Mrs O'Kane claimed his father told police he had gone to Germany.

It was only last month that police realised he had been staying at the Circular Lodge Guesthouse, Mrs O'Kane said. She claimed that after checking in back in April under a false identity, he stayed there for the next three months.

Although Giesel is currently not charged with any offence in connection to his stay there, Mr Justice Stephens was told the B&B's elderly owner has been left "distressed" and £3,600 out of pocket.

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