Former psychic from Leitrim jailed

A former psychic from Leitrim convicted of laundering €1.6 million has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Simon Gold, 54, with an address at Augharan, Aughavas, Co Leitrim, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to charges including money laundering, theft, deception and control of false instruments on dates between 1 January, 2010 and 22 October, 2012.

After over two weeks of evidence, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on 20 counts after deliberating for over 12 hours.

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty on a single count of deception relating to €28,000 transferred by a Co Galway farmer to a bank account linked to Gold.

The court heard that Gold changed his name by deed poll from Niall O’Donoghue in the United Kingdom, and had also represented himself as Simon Gould, Stephen Gould and Simon Magnier.