G was in such a bad place when Anthony Joseph Grant the thief, occasional chef and fulltime drunk from Crossgar, Downpatrick (Northern Ireland) and his partner Karen Harris, ex-Ballyheigue, decided to scam money out of her.
When it all came to light, we realised that this was a long-term scam on their part. They had taken the time to infiltrate her life, and ours, to cause so much damage, just for a few bucks to spend on booze.
We thought it started here, in the screenshots on this post. This conversation above, and below, took place just an hour or so after she he found her best friend when he took his own life. He hung himself from a doorframe, using a belt. We were at the other end of the country and felt so useless, but we couldn’t get a flight until the morning.
G found Josh still alive. She cut him down and did CPR until the ambulance arrived but he died right in front of her. As you can imagine, she was completely overcome with grief and probably in shock.
But did the scam start earlier?
That was bad enough. But on reflection, and now that we know more about his life before this, it is apparent that Anthony J Grant, aka Antiono Grant Jr (as he now calls himself on Facebook) actually began the scam months before, when he initially lied about his ex-partner.
Back in around September or October last year, he told G he was single. That they had broken up. When he went to spend Christmas with her, he told G it was because his ex wanted him back but he left because of what we now know is just a whole pack of lies. Because that is all Anthony is capable of: lying. Well, I’m selling him short aren’t I? He is also capable of stealing, of getting drunk. Of being a parasite.
We aren’t 100% sure when Karen, aka Karen Ní Earraí joined in on the scam, she got together with him at the end of March and was definitely involved several weeks before he was arrested near Coleraine at the start of July and subsequently appeared in Coleraine Magistrates Court. But it’s looking like she knew much earlier than that. More on that later.
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