Bogus crash man faces £10k bill
A man jailed for staging a motoring accident to make a bogus insurance claim has lost his legal challenge against being denied a payout for another crash.
Insurance company lawyers accused Seamus Gillen (46) of setting up the collision near his home in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone.
Gillen went to the High Court in a bid to overturn a ruling that he was not entitled to damages for the accident at a car park off Main Street in the village in January 2009.
A County Court judge had dismissed the personal injuries claim against a farmer brought by Gillen, whose last known address is at Thornhill Road, Pomeroy.
He appealed that decision, but during cross-examination yesterday he was accused of faking the whole incident.
Gillen was also ordered to pay the costs, estimated to be up to £10,000, for both hearings.
It emerged he was given an eight-month sentence in 2002 after being convicted of staging a road accident with a view to making a fraudulent claim.