‘Psychic medium’ jailed for year over deceiving man out of €10,000

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A “psychic medium” has been jailed for a year after she got a man to give her €10,000 by telling him his deceased father had told her that if he did not give her the money “the devil would take his soul”.

Debbie Paget, aged 55, of Knowth Court, Ballymun, Dublin was convicted by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury last May. She was described by a judge as “an old-fashioned confidence trickster”.

She had pleaded not guilty to dishonestly inducing by deception James Byrne to give her €10,000. She was also charged with dishonestly inducing by deception Maria Byrne, Mr Byrne’s sister, to give her €200.

After deliberating for a little over four hours, the jury found Paget guilty, by a majority, of the first count and returned a not guilty verdict on the second count.

In his evidence during the trial, James Byrne told Oisín Clarke BL, prosecuting, that he and his sister Maria and their mother lived together in Cabra, Dublin. He said Paget was a home carer for a neighbour and they all got to know her that way.

Content retrieved from: https://www.rte.ie/news/courts/2023/0710/1393814-debbie-paget-psychic-medium/.

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