Solicitor in court over £800k theft

Solicitor in court over £800k theft

Former solicitor Damien Murray has appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on Tuesday, where he admitted stealing over £800k from clients at his law firm over a four-year period.

Murray, from Upper Dunmurry Lane in Belfast, was re-arraigned on a single count of theft and was charged with stealing a total of £811,080 from clients of Damien Murray and Co Solicitors on dates between 24 June, 1999 and 16 December, 2003.The charge was heard in front of Mr Justice Weir, and when Murray, 50, was asked how he was going to plead, he replied: "Guilty, Mr Lord."A defence barrister told Mr Justice Weir that the case was "not straightforward" and that he would be providing the court with medical evidence.The Judge ordered pre-sentence reports and said he would hear the plea on a date which has yet to be fixed. He released Murray on continuing bail.Murray, formerly of Damien Murray and Co Solicitors in Belfast's Botanic Avenue, was struck off in 2011. 

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