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Omagh man who poured cooking oil on Asda floor claims woman made him do it for injury compensation claim

A man poured cooking oil over a supermarket floor as part of an alleged injury compensation scam, the High Court heard today.

Christopher McLaughlin, 29, was caught on CCTV emptying out a container at Asda in Omagh, Co Tyrone just before a woman slipped and fell on it, prosecutors said.

She later put in a claim for an injury sustained during the incident in September last year.

McLaughlin, of Culmore Park in the town, faces a charge of fraud by false representation.

During a bail application a judge was told he has admitted his involvement but claimed to have acted under duress.

Prosecution barrister Conor Maguire said McLaughin entered the Asda store along with the woman.

"The female of the couple slipped on cooking oil spilt on the floor," he said.

"On viewing CCTV store staff noted that just prior to this woman slipping, falling and injuring herself a man was noted to lift from a shelf and pour oil onto the floor.

"It later transpired that this applicant was the man."

McLaughlin was previously released while investigations continued, only to be returned to custody for breaching a prohibition on going into the Asda store.

Granting him bail once again, Mr Justice Weir stressed that the supermarket was out of bounds.

"I'm afraid you will just have to walk a bit further down to Lidl or one of the other shops," he told McLaughlin.

The judge also expressed "amazement" at the length of time being taken to deal with the case.

He said: "Serious murders are dealt with in England within nine months.

"Pouring oil on the floor at Asda more than a year ago, surely that should have been dealt with long before now."

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