Belfast Telegraph

Sister of psychic is cleared of care home fraud charges

By Alan Erwin

The sister of a high-profile psychic has won her appeal against being found guilty of fraud offences at a care home.

Senior judges quashed Bridgene Kelly's convictions for false accounting and forgery within the former Owenvale Court residential home in Belfast.

They had already declared unsafe the guilty verdict returned against her 52-year-old brother, the spiritualist Patrick Doak, in the same case.

The charges, involving less than £100 in total, dated back to September 2006 when both worked in the Springfield Road facilities run at the time by St John of God.

Mr Doak, formerly of Lagmore Meadows in Dunmurry, was manager, while his 56-year-old sister, with an address at Linden Gardens in north Belfast, had been a carer.

At the time money was regularly entrusted to senior staff on behalf of residents in the home.

Earlier this month Mr Doak's lawyers had successfully argued that he was wrongly found to have acted dishonestly in dealing with new balance sheets created to correct staff errors.

The Court of Appeal heard new evidence from a residential worker who countersigned the sheets but never testified at the trial.

Mr Doak's convictions were then overturned because of the testimony that was given by the residential worker.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan confirmed Ms Kelly's convictions were also to be quashed in light of this new testimony.

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