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A former ambulance technician has appeared in court accused of defrauding a Dutch medical supply company out of almost £10,000 of medical equipment

A former ambulance technician has appeared in court accused of defrauding a Dutch medical supply company out of almost £10,000 of medical equipment

A former ambulance technician has appeared in court accused of defrauding a Dutch medical supply company out of almost £10,000 of medical equipment

A former ambulance technician has appeared in court accused of defrauding a Dutch medical supply company out of almost £10,000 of medical equipment.

Keith Carlisle appeared at Lisburn Magistrates Court via video-link from police custody yesterday.

The 40-year-old spoke only to confirm he understood the single charge against him.

Carlisle, from Tyrone Drive in Lisburn, was charged with one count of fraud by false representation in that between March 30 and April 13 this year he is alleged to have ordered medical equipment from Medisol "under a false name... to make a gain for himself or to cause loss" to the Dutch company.

Giving evidence to the court, a PSNI constable said he believed he could connect Carlisle to the charge and that police were objecting to bail on the grounds that he would commit further offences.

He told the court officials at Medisol contacted the PSNI a few days ago to report their suspicions that a £9,500 bill had not been paid. That bill related to medical equipment, including seven defibrillators, which had been delivered to Carlisle's address in Lisburn.

The order was placed in the name of Marcus Stewart and the court heard when the items were delivered on April 17 a "Marcus Stewart" had signed for them.

The officer said police enquires revealed that Carlisle was the "sole occupant" of the property at Tyrone Drive and he was arrested on Thursday when police executed a search warrant at his home.

The officer told the court that during the search two defibrillators and other medical equipment branded with the Medisol name and logo were uncovered.

Arrested and interviewed, Carlisle conceded that he had medical training as an ambulance technician but denied involvement in ordering the equipment from Holland.

"He denied the allegations, denied using a fictitious name, said that he didn't accept the delivery," said the officer.

Defence counsel Joel Lindsay said Carlisle had not been at the Lisburn address for about a month as he had moved to Antrim to help care for his mother and that he has claimed "he can provide proof there was a Marcus living with him".

"My concern is the length of time this investigation could take," submitted the lawyer. "The police will have to examine phones and computers to check for correspondence so he could end up being in custody for a period of time for a charge that could end up going nowhere."

District Judge Amanda Henderson said while the "current circumstances give this a more sinister flavour", she was prepared to grand bail, but with certain conditions.

Freed on his own bail of £500, she told Carlisle he would only be released once police approved a proposed bail address upon which he must observe a curfew and is "not to be involved in the ordering of medical supplies".

His case was adjourned to June 8.

Belfast Telegraph