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Fraudster and sex offender back behind bars after allegedly stealing car and assaulting cops

Convicted conman has what was described as “a terrible criminal record”

Damien Loughran

Steven Moore

Hopeless fraudster Damien Loughran is back behind bars after his prison licence was revoked after allegedly committing fresh offences.

The 36-year-old, with more than 100 convictions for fraud, was returned to Maghaberry Prison after he was accused of stealing a car, dishonestly obtaining money, assaulting police officers and a raft of driving offences.

The convicted conman and sex offender, who also goes by the name Peter Loughran, has what was described as “a terrible criminal record”, and is managed in the community by a specialist police team.

In April the Sunday World revealed how creepy Loughran, from Aughnacloy, had received a suspended prison sentence for falsely claiming his son was terminally ill to people he had scammed out of money after they paid him up front for work he then never did.

The remorseless fraudster who has 100’s of convictions even asked his victims to pray for his son- when there was nothing wrong with him.

But last month we also revealed Loughran had been “filled in” at a filling station in south Armagh after he was cornered by a group of men unhappy, he’d been using the fake cancer claim again and had been asking to cash cheques.

Now Loughran is back in prison after a number of fresh allegations were made against him leading the authorities to revoke the prison licence he was on as part of his sentence for committing fraud.

After he pleaded guilty in February to the previous charges Loughran lost very little time to return to offending, with one potentially ongoing while he was awaiting sentencing.

He was back before Dungannon Magistrates Court this week to face four separate sets of charges, including multiple dishonesty and motoring matters.

In the first and in order of occurrence, it is alleged Loughran dishonestly obtained £1030 from a male on a date between 21 January and 30 March, when he also is accused of stealing a BMW valued at £2000.

Then on 23 March Loughran dishonestly made a false representation by taking an Audi A4 from a male.

The second set of offences allege Loughran drove a Volkswagen Transporter at Reclain Road, Galbally on 10 March, while disqualified and without insurance.

He is accused of repeating these offences the following day, then again on 13 March.

Then on 31 July, Loughran allegedly made a false representation for accommodation at a Ballygawley guest house exposing the owners to loss.

Finally, on 5 August he is charged with assaulting two police officers, resisting arrest and possessing a brush shaft with intent to commit actual bodily harm.

An officer familiar with the facts of the cases told the court all charges could be connected.

A defending solicitor advised there would be no application for bail as Loughran had been recalled to prison in breach of his licence.

Loughran was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link later this month.

In February Loughran admitted engaging in unfair commercial practices through coercion and undue influence by portraying health concerns in respect of his family, causing the victim significant anxiety and impairing his decision.

Loughran, who identified himself by his middle name of Peter attended with the victim and offered a price of £300, demanding half be paid upfront as he had two sons, aged 9 and 11, and needed the money.

After agreeing to pay even more cash to Loughran several days passed and there was still no work underway or materials delivered to the site.

The victim contacted Loughran on numerous occasions, who made up various excuses for not attending, including having a Covid test and isolating for two weeks.

He also claimed one of his sons had cancer whom he asked the victim to pray for.

In July Loughran was confronted by a group of men who gave him a beating at a filling station near Culloville, south Armagh.

We revealed he was beaten up and told to never return to south Armagh after he was rumbled telling lies about having a son with cancer to get dodgy cheques cashed.

Sources have told the Sunday World he was cornered as he was confronted in the forecourt of a filling station in the border town of Culloville.

“Loughran has been working down here as a farm labourer for a few months,” said the source back in July.

“He was working for two or three different farmers and nobody knew about his past but then he started asking for cheques to be cashed and was giving the sob story about his child having cancer.

“I think he got a few cheques cashed which obviously bounced and it didn’t take long for people to figure out who he was.

“It’s a close-knit community and there was a few boys looking for him for a week or two but they eventually got him the other day.

“It’s also an area where some people don’t bother getting the police involved and instead take matters into their own hands.

“It was during the day and he was getting punched repeatedly and they were shouting at him being a scumbag.

“He was only saved because a woman who had no idea who he was called the police.”

Sources in south Armagh say they don’t expect to see Loughran back anytime soon but warned people across Ulster and beyond to beware.

Loughran has a conviction for indecent assault on a female from 2007 for which he served three months in jail.

In 2009 we reported how police took unprecedented steps to stop him moving in with his partner who had teenage daughters at the time.

In 2013 we reported how Loughran went on a staggering crime spree across Northern Ireland over an 18 month period.

The shameless crook wrote dozens of dodgy bank cheques which he knew he didn’t have the funds to cover. He also stole cash and sold farm machinery which didn’t belong to him – leaving businesses out of pocket to the tune of almost £60,000.

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