‘Serial fraudster’ who conned £200,000 from crossbow victim jailed

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A ‘serial crook’ has been jailed for six years after defrauding a pensioner of more than £200,000 who was later murdered in a crossbow blast.

Richard Wyn Lewis befriended Gerald Corrigan, 74, and persuaded the retired lecturer and his partner Marie Bailey to hand over money they believed was tied to property development, land sales and horses, Mold Crown Court heard on Friday.

Mr Corrigan was shot and killed with a crossbow outside his home in a remote part of Anglesey, North Wales, in April 2019.

The court heard the fraud was unrelated to Mr Corrigan’s murder, but the offenses came to light when Ms Bailey was questioned following the shooting.

Sentencing Lewis on five counts of fraud on Friday, Judge Rhys Rowlands said: ‘This murder tragically remains without a known motive.

Describing Lewis as a ‘completely dishonest man’, Judge Rowlands said: ‘You got away with it time and time again until things came to light during extensive police inquiries following the murder of Mr Corrigan .”

He said he was unsure whether Lewis, who has previous convictions for dishonest behavior, was “able to readjust” upon his release.

The judge said that if Lewis returned to Anglesey, where he was raised, he hoped publicity of the case would provide a ‘measure of protection’ for residents and that he would be seen as a ‘serial fraudster’.

The court heard that Mr Corrigan and Ms Bailey had handed over £220,000 to Lewis, 51, and in the days before his death Mr Corrigan told the fraudster: ‘There is no more money.’

Lewis, of Llanfair-yn-Neubwll, Holyhead, had claimed there was a potential buyer for Mr Corrigan’s home and said he had sought the help of a retirement planning agent to secure permission for development.



I was used and abused by this fraudster, who took everything I had for his personal gain. He offered the hand of friendship only to use it to lie and steal and take everything from me

Marie Bailey in a press release

He also advised Mr Corrigan to set up an offshore bank account, for which he said £120,000 was needed, and to buy land nearby.

Lewis also allegedly grew cannabis at an outhouse on Mr Corrigan’s property, according to an earlier lawsuit.

In a statement read out in court on sentencing, Ms Bailey, who has multiple sclerosis (MS), said: ‘I was used and abused by this fraudster, who took everything I had for his own personal gain.

“He offered the hand of friendship only to use it to lie, steal and take everything from me.”

Lewis initially denied 11 counts of fraud and one count of perverting the course of justice, but changed his pleas to admit four counts of fraud on Thursday, the third day of his trial.

He had admitted another count of fraud, against restaurateurs Ali and Fatima Ahmed, at an earlier stage.

One of his offences, against his neighbor Aidan Maginn, was committed the day after he appeared in magistrates court on other charges, the court heard.

Lewis has been tried twice before on the same charges, but juries in his two previous trials were removed from duty before reaching verdicts, once due to illness and once for legal reasons that prevented the accusation to close their case.

Sam Robinson KC, defending, asked the judge to acknowledge that the time Lewis spent in pre-trial detention was “particularly difficult” and included six weeks “roughly in solitary confinement”.

He said: “There have been threats against him and attacks against him as a result of the same issue.”

Terence Whall, 42, was jailed for life with a minimum of 31 years in 2020 after being found guilty of murdering Mr Corrigan.

Lewis’ partner Siwan Maclean was found not guilty of entering into a money laundering arrangement after the prosecution chose not to present any evidence following Lewis’ guilty pleas.

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