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New con Serial fraudster Damien Loughran claims son has cancer in latest scam

Tyrone crook Loughran, from Jubilee Park Cookstown, already has hundreds of previous convictions for fraud despite being just 36 years old


Damien Loughran received a suspended sentence and fine

Damien Loughran received a suspended sentence and fine

Damien Loughran received a suspended sentence and fine

Convicted sex offender and serial fraudster Damien Loughran has stooped to a new low - falsely claiming his kid has cancer to scam money.

And the Tyrone crook even asked his scam victim to pray for his son.

Loughran, from Jubilee Park in Cookstown, already has hundreds of previous convictions for fraud despite being just 36 years old.

The Sunday World has exposed him several times for his litany of scams which have seen him con money from people across Northern Ireland.

He was described as having "a terrible criminal record" that was so bad he has to be managed in the community by a specialist police team.

Three years ago we revealed how Loughran had been taking tractors from farmers throughout the country on the pretence he was going to repair them but instead he was actually selling them on.

He even took money for the repairs from the duped farmers and through the scam had amassed a staggering profit of £25,000.

Recently he appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court where it emerged he told one of his victims he couldn't carry out the work - for which he had already been paid - because his son had cancer.

He admitted fraud by false representation by assuring works would be completed for which he demanded part-payment up front.

He also 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.

The court heard in September 2020 the victim placed a request on social media seeking a contractor to clear ground at his home and lay gravel.

Loughran, who identified himself by his middle name of Peter, attended with the victim and offered a price of £300.

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He demanded half to be paid upfront as he had two sons, aged nine and 11, and needed the money,

This was agreed and on being paid £150, Loughran assured the victim he had materials at his house and would start work on September 18.

However, that morning he sent a text to the victim seeking more money to buy materials, claiming he had used the original £150 to pay wages.

The victim felt compelled to hand over a further £90 or he would lose the deposit.

After a number of days there was still no work underway from work shy Loughran or any materials delivered to the site.

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

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

Now suspicious, he reported the matter to police, after which Loughran was arrested and charged.

The funds were paid back to the victim through Loughran's solicitor.

A defence barrister conceded his client has a terrible criminal record but accepted his guilt from an early stage.

It was claimed he was hoping to get a job as a driver on leaving prison but things were taking longer than he thought so he tried to obtain other work.

District Judge Michael Ranaghan noted among Loughran's previous convictions were incidents of fraud in 2013 alone which took up six pages on his record.

He said: "I note he at least has paid the money back to his victim. The fraud itself would not pass the custody threshold but when I view the record it most certainly does."

A sentence of four months was imposed, which Judge Ranaghan agreed to suspend for 18 months.

He also ordered a fine of £350 "to mark the court's disapproval of this type of offence".

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.

Loughran was fighting a police order to stop his girlfriend from moving into his Cookstown home. He had previously been caught living in his partner's home with the kids before Social Services found out and intervened.

Cops feared the girls may be at risk as it's a well-known tactic for sex offenders to target older partners with children and in this case the age difference was over 10 years. Social Services and the police got involved in February 2008 when it emerged Loughran was living alone with the children.

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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