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Psychic is guilty of care home cash scam

Ashleigh McDonald

The former manager of a west Belfast care home has been found guilty of false accounting.

Patrick Doak, a self-styled psychic and spiritual healer from Lagmore Meadows in Dunmurry, was the registered manager of Owenvale Court Residential Home – also known as the St John's of God Residential Home – on the Springfield Road when a series of offences were committed.

The 50-year-old denied any wrong-doing, but was found guilty of five counts of false accounting.

The jury returned 'not guilty' verdicts on a count of attempted forgery and a charge of fraud.

His sister Bridgene Kelly (55), from Linden Gardens in Belfast, who at the time of the offences also worked in the home as a care worker, was found guilty of forgery and false accounting.

Belfast Crown Court heard that a discrepancy of £1,700 was discovered in February 2010 in the residents' accounts which were managed by care home staff.

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