Northern Ireland

Police officer 'made fake claims of intimidation', court hears

A police officer orchestrated a fake campaign of intimidation against himself so authorities would buy his County Down home, a jury has been told.

Constable Keith Davidson, 45, is accused of fraud by false representation and misconduct in public office.

Newtownards Crown Court heard he made claims of intimidation when applying to have his house in Bangor purchased.

Mr Davidson, whose address was given as Bangor PSNI station denies the charges.

The jury heard that within weeks of refusing an offer of £370,000 for his Bangor home, and just as the housing market entered the downturn, Constable Davidson applied for his home to be bought under the SPED (Special Purchase of Evacuated Dwellings) scheme.

In two refused applications, Constable Davidson claimed he had been threatened, that his home and car had been vandalised and his car stolen.

However the prosecution told the court that when Constable Davidson applied, his marriage was breaking down and he was £18,000 in debt.

The prosecution told the jury "they had no desire to convict an innocent man" but said the Crown case is that Davidson's applications were fake and amounted to fraud.

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