Sunderland fridge engineer accused of false £900,000 accident claim

David Ribchester
David Ribchester
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A FRIDGE engineer has appeared in court accused of fraudulently trying to claim more than £900,000 over an accident at work.

 David Ribchester, from Cricklewood Road, in Hylton Castle, Sunderland, injured both wrists after falling off a ladder while working for a company in Newcastle in 2006.

 The 31-year-old is accused of later exaggerating the extent of his injuries between February, 9, 2006, and January 12 this year.

 Dressed in a dark grey winter coat, white shirt, and grey tie, Ribchester spoke only to confirm his identity during a brief hearing at City of London Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

 Prosecutor Lola Adesiyan said: “He put in a personal injury claim to the value of £923,165,”

 The identity of his former employer has not been revealed.

 Adjourning proceedings, chairman of the bench Doug Rice said: “We decline jurisdiction.

 “We are going to adjourn until January 18 for committal to the crown court for trial, and we are going to grant you unconditional bail.

 Ribchester has not yet entered a plea to a single count of attempting to obtain property by deception.