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Repairman faces trial on fraud and theft charges

An alleged cowboy repairman has been committed for trial accused of conning 10 different customers.

A prosecution lawyer submitted to Lisburn Magistrates Court that there was a prima facie case against 52-year-old repairman Henry Gordon Douglas, submissions which were not contradicted by the defendant's solicitor.

Douglas, from Laurel Lodge, Flush Park in the city, faces a total of 10 charges of fraud by false representation, one of theft in relation to an oven door and a further offence of obstructing police, all alleged to have occurred on various dates between July 31 last year and March 15 this year.

It is alleged that Douglas was paid for and gave undertakings to repair various appliances including dishwashers, ovens and a fridge freezer but failed to live up to the promises.

Appearing in the dock in a black leather coat and jeans yesterday, Douglas told the court he understood the charges and he was not objecting to the preliminary inquiry but declined to either give evidence himself or call witnesses.

Deputy district judge Sean O'Hare said he was satisfied there was a case for Douglas to answer and released him on his own bail of £500 to appear before Craigavon Crown Court next month.

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