Conman on the run in Spain now jailed

George Lavery psychic'Professional name Simon Lavery
George Lavery psychic'Professional name Simon Lavery

THE accomplice of a psychic conman who cheated a lovelorn man out of thousands of pounds is finally behind bars.

John Hamilton, 54, was arrested in the Spanish capital Madrid, having been on the run since his conviction two years ago for his part in the fraud.

His partner in crime, George Lavery – who lived in High Street, Berkhamsted, at the time of the offences – is already in prison after he was traced to Benidorm on the Costa Blanca in July.

The pair tricked Simon Trussell into handing over more than £12,000 after he went to psychic Lavery via a TV channel devoted to mediums and spiritualists for help winning back his ex-girlfriend.

Pretending to be the ex, the duo persuaded him to part with cash under the pretext that marriage was on the cards.

Their victim coughed up £6,000 to buy a diamond engagement ring and another £800 for fetish clothing before realising that he was being conned.

Both Hamilton and Lavery went on the run following their convictions for fraud in 2009.

Hamilton, picked up last month, is now serving his 21/2 year sentence plus an extra 24 weeks for absconding.

Det Con Phil Freebrey of Herts police said: “Criminals can run and try to evade justice, but we will eventually catch up with them.”