Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Love Rat Conman's PS250k Doctor Scam; DOUBLE LIFE EXPOSED BY OLD NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Love Rat Conman's PS250k Doctor Scam; DOUBLE LIFE EXPOSED BY OLD NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

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Byline: Simon Meechan Reporter simon.meechan@trinitymirror.com @SimonMeechan_90

CHEATING charmer Christopher Heayns is back behind bars for conning a doctor and her mum out of more than PS250,000.

The 35-year-old, responsible for more than 100 offences over the years, had just been freed from prison when he set out to financially drain the Tyneside medic he met on the dating website Plenty of Fish.

But the silver-tongued conman's deception was exposed by an old newspaper article and his makebelieve world collapsed around him.

Now, he has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years after being convicted of four counts of fraud by false representation and 10 bankruptcy offences.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Heayns, of Terrier Close, Bedlington, told his victim he was a successful barrister with a multimillion pound property portfolio. In fact, he is a career conman who has committed scores of crimes under a stgring of aliases. . The two started a relationship, and Heayns charmed her into renting Sandoe Hall in Hexham in his name so he could move back to the North East - convincing her a legal clause made it difficult for barristers to rent in their own name.

"I was reluctant and thought it was too soon for financial ties and far beyond my abilities to maintain," his victim told the court in a statement, as Heayns stood emotionless in the dock.

The court heard "slick and charming" Heayns told her he was due a big windfall from one of his investments, but needed money in the meantime to bankroll his lavish lifestyle.

She paid his bills and his housekeeping staff, while he even convinced her mother to give him money too.

He conned cash for hotels, expenses and trips to London - all while the doctor, who we have decided not to identify, worked extra shifts to try and keep on top of her finances.

Eventually, someone gave her a copy of a newspaper article detailing one of Heayns' earlier crimes. One of the builders who was doing work on the Sandoe Hall saw a Christmas card at the property addressed to Christopher Poulton. …

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