Belfast Telegraph

Man charged with defrauding tourists on visit to rope bridge

By Nevin Farrell

A man has been charged with defrauding bus tourists by giving false admission prices to one of Northern Ireland's top visitor attractions, the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge on the north Antrim coast.

Alan Barry - whose age was not given in court papers - of Kiln Park, Ballyclare, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday accused of committing fraud by false representation.

It is alleged that between June 1 and June 5, 2012 he dishonestly made a false representation to passengers of McComb Travel as to the admission price to the National Trust-run rope bridge with the intention of making a gain for himself or another.

The accused is also charged with conspiracy to defraud Rodney McComb and Caroline McComb of McComb Travel - one of Northern Ireland's best-known tourist bus providers - by dishonestly manipulating a fuel card payment system used by McComb Travel coaches over a four-year period between June 2008 and June 2012.

Two other men also appeared in court and each face one charge - conspiracy to defraud McComb Travel - over the same period.

They are Mark Coulter (46), of Burton Avenue, Dundonald, Belfast, and Jonathan Morgan, age not given, whose address was given as Priestland Road, Bushmills.

Mr Morgan's address is the same as Ballyness Service Station on Priestland Road.

During a preliminary enquiry, and with the three men standing in the dock, a prosecutor said she believed that there is a case to answer.

District Judge Liam McNally released each on their own bail of £500 to appear at Antrim Court in October for arraignment.

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