Convicted murderer set to face fraud trial

A CONVICTED murderer who escaped jail in England before assuming the identity of a disabled New Zealand man and being caught in Tewantin, has been committed to stand trial in Maroochydore District Court.

Simon Dominic Hennessy, 49, appeared in Maroochydore Magistrates Court by video link yesterday on a long list of charges, including 54 fraud charges, 14 alleged offences relating to impersonation, seven of forgery and one of intended forgery.

Police arrested Hennessy, who was using the name Robert Eric Jeffery, at Tewantin in April over a series of credit card fraud matters across south-east Queensland.

The alleged offences are understood to involve amounts totalling about $200,000.

Hennessy was jailed for life as a 14-year-old for the murder of his grandmother in England in 1978 but escaped in 1998.

He will appear in the District Court at a date yet to be fixed.


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