A FRAUDSTER who twice avoided capture by conning police with fake ailments claimed to be too ill to attend his court appearance yesterday.
Adam Lloyd-Harris was wanted on a warrant issued last year after he failed to turn up to be sentenced over a £20,000 scam.
The 32-year-old had wooed trainee nurse Janine Munroe, 35, from Ryhope, with gifts, holidays and flowers he had paid for while helping himself to cash from her savings account.
Lloyd-Harris has since been captured twice, but he convinced police in Nottingham both times that he had kidney failure and was let go.
During a court hearing last week, it was revealed he does not have kidney failure.
A third warrant was issued, and he was arrested in Nottingham on Friday.
Lloyd-Harris, formerly of Peterlee, was due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday.
But during the hearing, prosecutor John Brennan told the court Lloyd-Harris has claimed to be too ill to make the trip.
He is currently still being held in Nottingham.
Mr Brennan said: “A message has been received to say he was too unwell to travel.
“I believe the diagnosis today is kidney stones.”
Judge James Goss adjourned the case and ordered a medical report into Lloyd-Harris’s condition.
The judge said: “I direct a medical report be obtained from Nottingham Prison as to the current condition of the defendant.
“On receipt of that report, I will give directions as to the further listing of this case.”