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Judo coach who claimed DLA sent to prison

A judo coach who won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games has been jailed for three months for claiming over £24,000 in Disability Living Allowance.

Judge Stephen Fowler QC told Martin Sloane (47) he had “no option” but to jail him “given the blatant and persistent nature of this |offence” and that Sloane's “lack of remorse reinforces this view”.

Sloane, from River Court, Dunmurry, outside Belfast, whose initial DLA claims were legitimate, admitted failing to inform the authorities about changes in his |circumstances.

At an earlier hearing, prosecuting lawyer David Cartmill said that Sloane was receiving the highest level of the benefit when he won bronze in |the over 40s section of the 2006 Commonwealth judo championships.

Sloane, who once claimed it took him 10 minutes to walk six metres, was eventually caught by benefits investigators who filmed him at judo coaching sessions.

He had first claimed DLA for a severe arthritic condition in April 1992 but his condition improved after he was treated with new drugs and began stretching exercises as part of his judo training.

Sloan later started to coach children and he received weekly payments, but decided not to tell the authorities |who launched an investigation in 2008.

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