More victims of rogue wedding DJ Michael Stockman come forward

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Image caption Michael Stockman cancelled wedding bookings at the last minute, claiming his father had just died

More alleged victims have come forward after the conviction of a DJ who cancelled wedding bookings by falsely claiming his father had died, a court has heard.

Michael Stockman, 30, of Coleraine, County Londonderry, took £800 from six customers before their wedding parties, only to fail to turn up.

He sent some victims text messages at short notice.

At least four times, he said his father had just died.

Coleraine Magistrates' Court heard that Stockman, from Knockantern Green, now faces 12 new counts of theft.

A prosecution lawyer said the fresh claims total around £1,200.


"As a result of the publicity around the first case a number of other complainants made themselves known," she said.

Stockman's lawyer said her client had already raised £800 to pay back the money owed from his original conviction in January.

She said Stockman intended to pay all the money he owed.

The judge was due to sentence Stockman in relation to the January case, but agreed to a two-week adjournment to enable the DJ's lawyer to make representations about the 12 new counts.

He asked for a pre-sentence report from the Probation Service.

"Because of the original (media) reporting a lot more aggrieved parties may get reimbursed," he said.

"It's certainly my intention that every aggrieved party gets the money back that they are owed by Mr Stockman."

Stockman is due to appear in court again on 19 September.

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