Belfast Telegraph

Strict bail for fraudster caught after absconding

By Michael Donnelly

A fraudster on the run for six months has been bailed on stringent conditions.

Paul Smyth (52), with an address at Manor Avenue in Bangor, was to have been sentenced last December, but instead absconded and was only rearrested in early July.

Prosecutor Andrew Brownlee told Belfast Crown Court that Smyth had tried to lease an apartment in Ballywalter, Co Down, knowing he had no right to do so.

Defence counsel Richard McConkey said that Smyth had accepted his guilt from the outset, and had co-operated with probation, but had then failed to appear for his sentencing.

Mr McConkey said Smyth, with an agreed bail address in Portavogie, Co Down, was due to see a psychiatrist, prior to being sentenced.

Her Honour Judge McCaffrey, granting bail, warned Smyth he must report to police.

As part of his bail totalling £1,000 Smyth agreed to be tagged, observe an 11pm to 8am curfew, and report to police every other day.

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