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Aberdeen benefit cheat’s jail sentence overturned

By Karen Roberts, 29 Aug 2014 3.58pm

AN ABERDEEN man who was locked up for claiming £13,000 in benefits he wasn’t entitled to has had his sentence quashed today.

Terence Ryan, 51, had his five month jail sentence overturned at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh.

Ryan had lodged an appeal against his sentence earlier this month.

Ryan was instead handed a 12-month probation order with a requirement that he carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within a year.

Ryan, whose address was previously given in court papers as 27 Berryden Mills, Aberdeen, was jailed in June by Sheriff Graham Buchanan, after admitting claiming £13,000 in Incapacity Benefit that he wasn’t entitled to while working as a self-employer driver.