Belfast Telegraph

Sanction on benefits cheat are 'an insult', says judge

By George Jackson

A judge has described as "an insult to people's intelligence" the fact that a self-confessed benefits fraudster who illegally received over £43,000 in benefits has been allowed to repay the amount at the rate of £6.70 per fortnight.

Judge Philip Babington made the comment at the Crown Court in Derry when he failed father-of-eight Paul Martin William Kelpie from Harding Street for 18 months.

Kelpie ( 49) admitted 14 charges of using his brother's electoral card to claim £43,328.97 in housing benefits, income support and incapacity benefits over a seven-year period starting in February 2002.

He will spend nine months in custody and nine months on licence.

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