A man filmed cage-fighting just months after submitting a claim for a personal injury could face jail in Ireland for making a fraudulent claim.
London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/24/2013 -- A twenty-nine year old man in Ireland who chose to submit a personal injury claim after he suffered a supposedly debilitating back injury in a car crash is now facing time in prison after he appeared on DVDs taking part in cage fighting competitions.
Raymond Smith of Poppintree on the outskirts of Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin’s Crown Court to giving false information to a solicitor in an affidavit at his home in September 2010. The claim related to a crash Mr Smith was involved in a year earlier, in which his vehicle was struck from behind by another car.
Mr Smith sought treatment at the Mater Hospital where he was given medication following an x-ray. Claiming to be still suffering from back pain and reduced movement of the spine Mr Smith subsequently made a personal injury claim against the driver of the other vehicle, for which he was awarded €7,500 by the Civil Court.
However, since that initial Court hearing footage has emerged of Mr Smith competing in a number of mixed marshal art cage-fighting events. Mr Smith appears on a number of DVDs which were filmed between the date of his initial accident, and that of his subsequent hearing for his personal injury.
Smith is now the first person to be prosecuted under the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 for providing false information during a personal injury claim. As a result he could face a maximum prison term of ten years and a fine of up to €100,000 when he is sentenced later this year. The defendant has been placed on continuing bale until December this year when a verdict will be determined.
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