A serial conman accused of swindling a disabled girl and her aged associate, who was later murdered by a crossbow-wielding killer, out of greater than £200,000 was in the present day jailed for six years.
Richard Wyn Lewis, 51, of Fferam in Anglesey, had beforehand denied eleven counts of fraud and a single cost of making an attempt to pervert the course of justice.
Gerald Corrigan, 74, and Marie Bailey, 68, who has a number of sclerosis, have been left with ‘nearly nothing’ after £220,000 was withdrawn – £170,000 in money – from their accounts between 2015 and 2019, when Mr Corrigan was murdered with a crossbow in an unrelated tragedy.
Richard Wyn Lewis, 51, who has been jailed for six years at Mould Crown Court docket in the present day
Lewis, who had been considered a ‘good and trusted good friend’ of the couple, modified his pleas to confess a complete of 5 counts of fraud half method by the trial, which was accepted by the prosecution.
He admitted fraud by making false representations to Mr Corrigan and Ms Bailey regarding the sale and growth of their home, Gof Du, the acquisition of horses, and the acquisition of a former schoolhouse in Llandona, Anglesey.
He additionally admitted fraud by making false representations to neighbour Aidan Maginn regarding the acquisition of a horse – the day after he first appeared in courtroom.
Gerald Corrigan, 74, was murdered by a crossbow-wielding killer in April 2019. The motive behind the killing stays unknown
Richard Wyn Lewis admitted scamming Gerald Corrigan and associate Marie Bailey (pictured) out of greater than £200,000
Decide Rhys Rowlands advised the defendant in the present day at Mould Crown Court docket, north Wales: ‘There have been repeated acts of dishonesty over a interval of 5 years. There are 5 victims.
‘Your conceitedness was such, having been in courtroom, you dedicated the additional fraud the next day. That is a critical aggravating characteristic.’
The choose mentioned Lewis was ‘totally dishonest’ and his victims taken in by him. ‘Whether or not you’re able to rehabilitation on launch, I do not know. Previous expertise would counsel not.’
The courtroom had been advised that Mr Corrigan’s homicide had nothing to do with the fraud however the issues got here to mild when Mr Corrigan’s associate, Ms Bailey, was being interviewed by police after the taking pictures.
The courtroom heard that Mr Corrigan and Ms Bailey had given an estimated £220,000 to Lewis and two days earlier than his demise Mr Corrigan was alleged to have advised him: ‘There isn’t any extra money.’
Mr Rouch mentioned Lewis claimed there was a possible purchaser for Mr Corrigan’s dwelling and mentioned he had enlisted the assistance of a retired planning officer to get permission for a growth.
He additionally suggested Mr Corrigan to arrange an offshore checking account, which he claimed £120,000 was wanted for, and to purchase a bit of close by land.
Cash was paid to Lewis in money, with out receipts or documentation being supplied, the jury heard.
On one event Ms Bailey, a retired native authorities employee, had transferred £50,000 from her financial institution to the account of Lewis’s associate Siwan Maclean, 53.
Maclean denied money-laundering and the prosecution dropped the case in opposition to her part-way by the trial.
Wyn Lewis (pictured) was solely found after police questioned Ms Bailey after her associate’s demise
On the third day of his trial at Mould Crown Court docket, Wyn Lewis (pictured) was re-arraigned on the costs and entered responsible pleas to 4 counts of fraud
Lewis’s associate Siwan Maclean (pictured) was charged with getting into right into a cash laundering association however the expenses have been dropped
The in depth fraud was solely found after Mr Corrigan was murdered in April 2019 in Anglesey and police arrived to talk to Ms Bailey.
The prosecution mentioned mendacity Lewis had pretended there was a possible purchaser for the pensioners’ distant 35-acre dwelling – Gof Du, close to Holyhead, which they may promote for greater than £2 million.
Prosecutor KC Peter Rouch mentioned Lewis had persuaded Mr Corrigan to get Ms Bailey to fund the acquisition of an outdated village college close to Beaumaris. A builder was claimed to be ‘ovenready’ to purchase it afterwards.
‘Mr Lewis advised her the college and land was now hers. She now owned Llanddona college. After all, the college and land have been by no means acquired and never even any makes an attempt made to accumulate them,’ the KC declared.
One other alleged rip-off concerned the acquisition of horses for Mr Corrigan and Miss Bailey. It’s claimed Mr Corrigan gave Lewis £90,000 for the acquisition of horses to promote for revenue however, together with alleged stabling charges, about £177,000 was handed over by the victims in money.
Mr Rouch mentioned Ms Bailey is ‘disabled and weak and the impact of the fraud has been devastating, her hopes of retirement torn to shreds.’
Throughout the trial, prosecutor KC Peter Rouch advised the jury: ‘Wyn Lewis is a conman. He is a fraudster.’
He added: ‘The entire thing was a sham. It was a sham which price Gerry Corrigan and Marie Bailey many 1000’s of kilos.’
In a separate fraud Wyn Lewis focused a 69-year-old man, Aidan Maginn, who had a vacation dwelling close to the defendants’ dwelling – the day after he first appeared earlier than magistrates.
Mr Maginn withdrew £10,000 to purchase a horse which Wyn Lewis claimed could be price £45,000. The financial institution contacted police and the withdrawal was stopped. However Mr Maginn mentioned he’d given money to Lewis.
Wyn Lewis had additionally admitted defrauding the homeowners of two Indian eating places in Anglesey who misplaced not less than £4,000.
A Proceeds of Crime utility will probably be made in opposition to Lewis who had earlier convictions for deception and theft.
Terence Whall (pictured) was jailed for all times after murdering retired lecturer Gerald Corrigan at dwelling in Wales in a ‘medieval-style execution’
Ms Bailey mentioned in an influence assertion the impact of the frauds have been ‘all consuming’ and he or she felt like a refugee fleeing a battle zone. She’d been ‘very frightened’ of Lewis. ‘This fraudster connected himself like a leech,’ she declared. ‘I really feel used and abused.’
Sam Robinson, defending, mentioned: ‘We settle for these are significantly unattractive offences.’
Mr Corrigan, who had beforehand labored as a lecturer in pictures and video, was discovered at round 12.35am with a crossbow bolt in his chest exterior his dwelling. He died of his accidents one month later whereas being handled in hospital.
Terence Whall, 39, was jailed for all times in February 2020 for the ‘medieval-style execution’, in addition to a concurrent six-year sentence for perverting the course of justice.
The motive behind the killing stays unknown, however the choose careworn in the present day it was unrelated to the fraud claims.
She advised Wyn Lewis in the present day: ‘His homicide is a completely separate and unconnected matter, there being no suggestion you have been concerned in any method. That homicide tragically stays with out a identified motive.’
Ms Justice Jefford advised Whall at his trial: ‘You may have disadvantaged Mr Corrigan’s household of any rationalization for what was a horrific demise through which Mr Corrigan was fully innocent. To your personal causes you clearly had a plan to kill.’
She added: ‘Your smug perception that you may get away with homicide was misplaced.’
Whall had beforehand denied murdering the pensioner, who died one month after being shot within the chest with a crossbow bolt on April 19 final yr.
Anna Pope, prosecuting, advised the courtroom how Whall, initially from east London, had hidden behind a wall exterior the pensioner’s distant dwelling and tampered with the satellite tv for pc dish to lure him into the backyard the place he shot him.
Whall initially claimed he was at dwelling in Bryngwran on the evening of the taking pictures.
He later claimed that he was engaged in a sexual encounter with good friend Barry Williams, who denied the claims, in a close-by discipline after the GPS gadget from his Land Rover Discovery was recovered.