Man appears in Ballymena Court charged in connection with alleged ‘dead dog’ scam

Ballymena Magistrates Court

A MAN has been charged with two counts of theft and two counts of fraud in connection with an alleged ‘dead dog’ scam.

Neil McDonald (40), of Drumtara, Ballymena, is accused of the theft of £360 cash and another amount of £80 cash from a man in the second week of October this year.

The fraud charges relate to October 24 and October 31.

The particulars of the fraud charges are that he ‘dishonestly made a false representation, namely, being a police officer, with the intention by making the representation, to make a gain for yourself or another or to cause loss” to the man he allegedly stole from.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court where a prosecutor said a full file has been requested from police.

The case was adjourned to January and the defendant was released on £500 bail with a condition that he does not attempt to contact anyone involved with the case and he is not to enter the Toome Road area of Ballymena.

No details regarding the alleged background to the case were given to the court.

However, the charges are in connection with two reports of theft at the Toome Road, Ballymena, in October.

A police spokesperson had said at the time: “At around 9pm on Thursday 10th October a man called to a house in the area. The elderly male occupant inside the property was informed by the man that he had run over his dog and veterinary costs had to be paid.

“Upon hearing this, the occupant made his way to a nearby cash machine in the Antrim Road area to withdraw a sum of money. The male, who accompanied him then made off upon receiving the money.

“On Friday 11th October, the male occupant received a phone call stating the dog had passed away and money was needed for the burial.

“A sum of money was withdrawn by the man and left at a property in the town as instructed.

“Police were notified of both incidents and enquiries have established the details regarding the dog were false.”

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