Love rat who created ‘fantasy world’ to con partner out of £17k university savings is jailed for 17 months

Adam Lloyd-Harris
Adam Lloyd-Harris

A DECEITFUL romeo who conned women out of thousands of pounds by tricking them into thinking he was a high-flying executive has been jailed for 17 months.

Adam Lloyd-Harris, 32, “constructed a fantasy world”, telling women he was a record executive for Sony when in fact he was a jobless loner

Lloyd-Harris, formerly of Peterlee, admitted theft and fraud charges in December 2011 after conning Janine Munroe of £17,000 she was saving to go to university.

But he failed to turn up at court - and convinced police to release him twice - on the basis he was suffering from a kidney disease.

The court heard how Lloyd-Harris hid Janine’s bank statements when the couple lived together at her Sunderland home so she did not become suspicious.

He took her on holiday to Berlin where he splashed out on luxury gifts and treats.

Yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court Lloyd-Harris was sentenced to 17 months in jail, but due to time already served, could be out within weeks.

Prosecutor John Brennan told the court: “All of this was paid for by the complainant Janine Munro, not that she was aware of this at the time.”

The court heard Lloyd-Harris kept up a pretence of being a high-flying, wealthy executive during the relationship.

Judge James Goss QC told him: “You constructed a fantasy world to mask your failure to cope emotionally and maintain your reputation of affluence.

“You told lie after lie.

“You secreted her post in order to maintain the charade that was taking place.

“It was very manipulative behaviour.”

Jamie Adams, defending, said Lloyd-Harris was suffering from depressive illness as well as physical ailments at the time.

Mr Adams said Lloyd Harris did not spend the stolen cash entirely on himself.

He said: “It was actually to keep the myth by way of a facade that he was in employment.”

His devastated victim Janine, from Ryhope, branded the sentence handed down to him a “disgrace”.

The 35-year-old said: “I am angry he will be free again to walk into the arms of his next victim.

“He is nothing but scum. I have lost four years of my life because of him. I am angry to think that he could soon be doing this to someone else, which you can guarantee he will.

“But at least, for me, this is now over and tomorrow I start a whole new chapter in my life.”