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Derry fraudster Healey posed as solicitor to get £18k

By George Jackson

A man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £18,400 by posing as a solicitor.

Kieran Joseph Healey, who has an address at Great James Street in Londonderry, pleaded guilty at the city's Crown Court to four charges of fraud by false representation by presenting himself as a solicitor.

The 37-year-old also pleaded guilty to possessing court documents and court emails for use in a fraud.

The defendant committed the offences on various dates between September 2011 and August 2014.

The court was told that an arrest warrant issued against the defendant last Friday after he failed to turn up in court for his arraignment had been executed overnight following his arrest on Tuesday.

His barrister told Judge Philip Babington that the reason why Healey had failed to turn up in court was because he'd been beaten up at a cash machine by an aggrieved person.

The barrister said because of the assault Healey was too scared to leave his home and following a three-day panic attack, he was detained overnight in Altnagelvin Hospital last weekend.

He said the defendant then contacted the police following his hospital release.

When the officers called at his flat on Monday they and ambulance paramedics accompanied him back to the hospital where he was again detained overnight.

Healey, who has no previous criminal convictions, is to be sentenced for the offences on April 27.

Judge Babington ordered the preparation of pre-sentence and psychiatric reports for that date and released the defendant on his own bail of £500.

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