Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 3 March 2015

DUP man’s fraud case adjourned

A DUP politician who is accused of benefit fraud has had his case adjourned for the third time.

Yesterday a District Court Judge granted a |request from a solicitor acting on behalf of east Antrim MLA David Hilditch for an extension to gather medical evidence.

The former Mayor of Carrickfergus is accused of failing to inform the Social Security Agency about ‘improvements’ to his condition which would affect his entitlement to Disability Living Allowance (DLA). He denies the charge.

In 2007, the long-serving Carrickfergus councillor hit the headlines after it emerged he had taken part in an inter-parliamentary football tournament in London while receiving DLA.

Yesterday Mr Hilditch’s solicitor asked the court for an extension to gather medical evidence after being informed “at the eleventh hour” that an orthopedic surgeon’s report was not available. The matter was adjourned and a new date set for March 3.

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