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Holiday fraudster caught on video doing ‘Gangam Style’ while ‘ill’

The photo produced as evidence

A British holidaymaker to Cyprus who was granted £6,000 in compensation after claiming he suffered food poisoning at his Protaras hotel was ordered by a UK court to pay the money back to his tour operator after his ex girlfriend produced evidence of him partyting, UK Metro reported.

According to the British website, Liam Royale, 23, was seen on camera dancing ‘Gangam Style’ while allegedly ill, and photos were produce of him swimming in a pool at Papantonia Hotel Apartments when he said he was laid up. His ex had been on holiday with him but became upset when she found out he lied about being ill and filed a claim against Jet2holidays, which forked out £6,000 in compensation.

He claimed to have had stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting for five days while he was in Protaras in August 2015. The claim was for ‘personal injury’ and a ‘loss of enjoyment’ after missing out on meals, excursions, swimming time and other general activities. Evidences also emerged that he had taken an excursion to nearby Ayia Napa at the time he said he was sick.

According to Metro, District Judge Iyer ruled Royle, from Eccles, Manchester, had to pay Jet2holidays more than £6,000 in costs, at the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester earlier this week. He said: “Even applying the most rigorous test, I cannot avoid the finding that there has been dishonesty in his claim of sickness. A statement of truth was signed by Mr Royle knowing that it contained fundamental lies, and he gave incorrect information to his medical expert, and as a result a claim was issued.”

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays told the newspaper: “This judgment shows that there are very real consequences to making false sickness claims, and Mr Royle must now pay the price. We would like to thank Mr Royle’s ex-girlfriend for her honesty, and although this is an unusual case, anyone making a fake sickness claim should be fully aware that we will robustly investigate and defend any claims that are dishonest or illegitimate.”

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