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Motorbike salesman defrauded race ace Philip McCallen

By Cate McCurry

Published 07/09/2016

William Williamson leaves Craigavon court yesterday
William Williamson leaves Craigavon court yesterday
Phillip McCallen

A Co Down man has pleaded guilty to defrauding road racing legend Phillip McCallen while working as a salesman and manager at his motorcycle store.

William Robert Henry Williamson admitted two fraud charges, but denied a third similar offence when he appeared before Craigavon Crown Court yesterday.

The 32-year-old, of Milebush Manor in Dromore, was working as a senior manager for Phillip McCallen Motorcycles shop in Lisburn when the alleged offences took place.

Dressed in a black jacket, black trousers and dark shoes, the accused admitted a charge of fraud by false representation and fraud by abuse of position. However, he also denied a further charge of fraud by abuse of position.

A court clerk told the Craigavon court that on a date unknown between April 1, 2014, and May 31, 2014, Williamson is accused of dishonestly making a false representation, namely that £4,750 was the correct purchase for a Triumph Speed triple motorcycle, and altered an invoice with the intention of making a gain for himself.

It is also alleged that on March 19, 2014, he dishonestly submitted a false invoice for the sale of a motorcycle to someone with the intention to cause loss to Mr McCallen.

It was further alleged that on October 1, 2011, and December 2, 2014, Williamson advertised motorcycle parts on eBay belonging to Mr McCallen without his authority.

Mr McCallen employed the accused as a senior salesman at his Lisburn store, where he worked for some five years. The defendant resigned from his job in early 2015 as the alleged offences came to light.

The 52-year-old racing legend and 11-time Isle of Mann TT winner retired from the sport in 1999 after seeing a close colleague, Simon Beck, die.

The Portadown man is the only rider ever to have won five races in a day at the famous international North West 200 event.

The fraud case was adjourned for two weeks until Tuesday, September, 27 for review.

An application for continuing bail was granted.

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