Belfast Telegraph

Conman uses up to 18 aliases, court told

A man with 18 different aliases allegedly conned his way into a changing room locker to steal credit cards for a spending spree, Belfast High Court has heard.

David Griffin bought jewellery and electrical goods after a scam at a Belfast leisure centre gained him access to another man's wallet, prosecutors claimed.

In a separate incident, he is also accused of taking his partner's van and selling it for £2,500 without her knowledge.

The 37-year-old, who is originally from Arbroath in Scotland but has no fixed address, faces charges including theft, fraud and obtaining property by deception.

During a bail application, the judge was told that Griffin has admitted the alleged offences and shown remorse for his actions.

Kate McKay, prosecuting, said he had accepted going into Andersonstown Leisure Centre last October and telling staff he couldn't get into his locker. The storage unit was then opened, enabling him to take the wallet and cards which he used to buy a laptop computer, television set and gold bracelet, it was alleged.

They were then sold on to pay off a debt, the court was told.

Opposing bail, Mrs McKay said: “He goes under 18 aliases. Police in both Scotland and England wish to interview him about other matters ... having all these aliases, it's hard for police to keep an eye on him.”

Mr Justice Weir adjourned the hearing due to uncertainty over a proposed bail address in Trillick, Co Tyrone.

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