Bill Irwin: Former DUP councillor convicted of fraud
A former DUP councillor has avoided a jail term after being convicted of fraud at Londonderry Magistrates Court.
Bill Irwin, 55, from Duncastle Road in Newbuildings, was given a suspended six month sentence after pleading guilty to all 23 charges.
Irwin made false claims to the Northern Ireland Assembly for payment towards heating oil expenditure.
The offences occurred between March 2009 until February 2014. The total amount involved was £8,960.