Bachelor in Paradise (BIP) star Conor Canning is currently facing court in Tasmania after admitting to stealing from a former employer, and then lying to a regulatory board about his offences.
You may remember Canning as one of the very few Bachie stars who has found and kept love from the show, ending up with contestant Mary Viturino at the end of BIP season three.
Currently, Canning works as a Hobart real estate agent and auctioneer. According to Tassie’s The Mercury, he is in the process of trying to get his property consultant registration back, after he was deregistered by the Property Agents’ Tribunal for a case of client database theft.
Canning reportedly admitted to Magistrate Chris Webster that he did in fact steal from (former employer) Ray White’s database, and then lied about his actions before the board of property agents.
This morning, Canning was cross-examined by lawyer Craig Mackie, who probed Canning on whether or not he admitted his theft to employers after Ray White, Harcourts and PRD (Property, Research and Development).
“People take other people on the whole, not as a result of one incident,” said Canning
“I’ve got eight years experience in the industry, they understand people make mistakes.”
Canning reportedly told the court that he received no personal gains from stealing from the database.
According to The Mercury, this morning the court also heard that Canning had received his first official complaint just a few months before he appeared on Bachelor in Paradise. Canning reportedly did not reveal any of his real estate offences to the producers during filming.
“They wouldn’t care about that,” Canning reportedly said.
“I don’t believe the show has been embarrassed.”
The Property Agents’ Tribunal’s initial decision to deregister Canning was also read to the court.
“There has been an extended failure by the respondent to recognise the seriousness of his actions,” the decision said, according to The Mercury.
“The tribunal finds it appropriate that the respondent take no part in the industry for a substantial period of time.”
Canning’s partner, BIP’s Mary Viturino, has reportedly also been seen in court supporting her partner. The pair only recently welcomed their daughter Summer to the world in March.
Canning’s case is currently continuing in Tassie court. More to come.