A quick outfit change wasn’t enough to throw waiting media off the trail of a 25-year-old man who fronted court on child abuse charges this morning.
A quick outfit change wasn’t enough to throw waiting media off the trail of a 25-year-old man who fronted court on child abuse charges this morning. Barry Leddicoat

Escaped killer using disabled man's ID back in court

A MURDERER who escaped jail in England before assuming the identity of a disabled New Zealand man was the subject of a massive fraud matter mentioned in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday.

Simon Dominic Hennessy, 49, was not required to appear on a long list of alleged offences, including 54 fraud charges, 14 relating to impersonation, seven of forgery and one of intended forgery.

The alleged offences are believed to involve some $200,000.

Hennessy was using the name Robert Eric Jeffrey when he was arrested in Tewantin in April as part of fraud investigations.

Police research discovered he was actually Hennessy, and had been sentenced to life in prison when he was 14 for the murder of his grandmother in England in 1978.

He escaped from an open prison in Gloucestershire in 1998.

The Hawke's Bay Today newspaper in New Zealand has reported that the actual Robert Eric Jeffrey required full-time care following a car crash.

Mr Jeffrey's father said investigations were continuing into when and how his son's identity was stolen.

Hennessy's matter will return to Maroochydore Magistrates Court on July 22.



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