‘Golf club fraudster is a danger to the public’
A man who is accused of trying to defraud golf clubs in Northern Ireland this summer has been told by the country’s most senior judge that he must stay in custody to protect the public.
Gavin Chism, a 27-year-old baker, is accused of using chequebook and card deception to try to buy large amounts of equipment from clubs between June and July. At the time he was on bail for 35 other counts of chequebook fraud.
Mr Chism was caught in late July when he failed to make purchases from both Royal County Down Golf Club and Kilkeel Golf Club on the same day. When he was arrested, police found a list of premises and golf equipment in his car.
He is charged with three counts of fraud and fraud-related activities, as well as the use of a chequebook from a closed business account to buy more than £500 worth of goods from a golf centre in Lisburn in June.
Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan refused bail, and said: “I have to make a judgment on the entitlement of him to his liberty against the public having to be protected from this type of behaviour when there is evidence that it is going to be repeated and hard-working people are going to lose out.”
Mr Chism denies the charges.