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Gerry Small collapsed after choking on food at Salley’s Bar and Restaurant in Aughnacloy

Gerry Small collapsed after choking on food at Salley’s Bar and Restaurant in Aughnacloy

Gerry Small collapsed after choking on food at Salley’s Bar and Restaurant in Aughnacloy

Gerry Small collapsed after choking on food at Salley’s Bar and Restaurant in Aughnacloy

Gerry Small collapsed after choking on food at Salley’s Bar and Restaurant in Aughnacloy

A convicted Co Tyrone fraudster — who was behind a massive £4.5m tax evasion scam — has died after reportedly choking on a piece of food and taking ill at a newly reopened restaurant.

Gerry Small from Cullenramer Road in Dungannon collapsed at Salley’s Bar and Restaurant in Aughnacloy at around 5pm on Saturday evening while dining with family members.

The popular restaurant on Moore Street had only reopened to customers the previous day after easing of the coronavirus lockdown.