Northern Ireland

Fake electrical engineer gets 15-month sentence

A serial conman who tricked customers out of money by claiming he could fix their electrical appliances has been jailed for 15 months.

Henry Douglas, 52, of Flush Park, Lisburn, admitted 11 charges of fraud, one charge of theft and one of obstructing a police officer.

The judge said Douglas had shown no remorse for his actions.

He added: "You are little less than a determined conman and confidence fraudster."

'Hour of need'

The court was told Douglas placed advertisements in the Yellow Pages and community newspapers claiming to be an electrical engineer, when he had no such qualification.

He would visit homes, dismantle cookers, washing machines or dishwashers and then disappear with money which he had taken from the occupants for parts.

The judge said that Douglas had "targeted vulnerable people in their hour of need".

The 15-month sentence includes six months for breaching a suspended sentence for similar offences.