Doctor Francis Gerard D’Arcy admits cheating on his taxes

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One of Northern Ireland’s former leading ENT (ear nose throat) specalists, Dr Francis Gerard D’Arcy on Thursday pleaded guilty to four charges of “cheating the public revenue”.

The 73-year-old, from Belfast’s Malone Road, who also specialised in cases of industrial deafness, will be sentenced next month.

Although no details were given to Belfast Crown Court, it is understood that the case involves income tax payments of over £400,000.

Defence QC Frank O’Donoghue said while the sums of money involved were “quite substantial, those monies have been paid in full to the revenue and there are no monies outstanding”.

He added that as a consequence there would be “no proceeds of crime applications”.

Mr O’Donoghue also told Mr Justice Weir that in addition to “a bundle” of medical reports handed into court for consideration, he would ask for a pre-sentence report from probation to be made.

D’Arcy was released after prosecution QC Liam McCollum said there was no objection to continuing bail in his case.