Former solicitor stole £800k from law firm clients

Laganside Court Building in Belfast City centre
Laganside Court Building in Belfast City centre

Former solicictor Damien Murray appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on Tuesday, where he admitted stealing over £800,000 from clients at his law firm over a four-year period.

Murray, from Upper Dunmurry Lane in Belfast, was re-arraigned on a single count of theft and was charged with stealing a total of £811,080 from clients of Damien Murray and Co Solicitors on dates between June 24, 1999 and December in 16, 2003.

The charge was heard in front of Mr Justice Weir, and when Murray (50) was asked how he was going to plead, he replied: “Guilty, Mr Lord.”

A defence barrister told Mr Justice Weir that the case was “not straightforward” and that he would be providing the court with medical evidence.

The Judge ordered pre-sentence reports and said he would hear the plea on a date which has yet to be fixed. He released Murray on continuing bail.

Murray, formerly of Damien Murray and Co Solictitors in Belfast’s Botanic Avenue, was struck off in 2011.