Solicitor's relief at fraud acquittal
A solicitor has spoken of his relief and hit out at the Public Prosecution Service after a fraud case against him was thrown out of court.
Paul Boyle (57), of Lodge Road, Coleraine, had been charged with obtaining services by deception.
Mr Boyle was acquitted at Laganside Court in Belfast last Wednesday and spoke of the toll the case had taken on him in recent months.
"I welcome the fact that the Public Prosecution Service has declined to proceed with the charge against me," he said.
"I remain dismayed at the decision to prosecute given the lack of evidence of any criminal behaviour on my part.
"Back in August 2009 I went as a voluntary attender to the police, to assist them in what I understood was a far-reaching investigation into possible mortgage fraud.
"I was shocked in August last year when I was served with a summons alleging I was involved in mortgage fraud.
"I am very grateful for the support of my wife, family and friends throughout that difficult time."