Tyrone republican Arthurs received £6k aid to fight fraud charge

A TYRONE Republican who is now estranged from Sinn Féin has received thousands of pounds in legal aid to fight fraud charges.

Brian Arthurs, aged 48, and his wife Paula, aged 49, received £6,265.49 (including VAT of £817.24).

Lord Morrow asked the Minister of Justice David Ford to detail the total amount of legal aid that has been paid individually for Brian and Paula Arthurs in relation to fraud charges.

Mr Ford: “A claim for payment has been received from the solicitor who represented both defendants and the total fees paid in respect of proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court, in respect of these charges, is £6,265.49 (including VAT of £817.24).

“As the legal aid certificates predate the introduction of standard fees, the claims were determined on a time based claim submitted by the solicitor in respect of both defendants. It is not possible to detail the fees separately for each defendant.

“The Crown Court case has not yet finished and no bills have therefore been submitted for payment.”