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Compensation needed in fraudulent car sale case

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Compensation needed in fraudulent car sale case

A man who left a Portlaoise woman out of pocket to a value of €4,500 in a fraudulent car sale has been given another chance by the district court to pay full compensation.

The injured party, a woman from Portlaoise, bought a motorcar from Patrick Lyons, The Printworks, Adelaide Villas, Bray, Co. Wicklow, on January 5, 2017, at a cost of €4,500.

She took out insurance on the car, but the accused was to book the VRT. She subsequently returned the car to him in Dundrum for minor repairs, but she never saw the car again and no money was returned to her.

The accused disposed of the car, leaving the woman at a loss of €4,500.

The case was adjourned a number of times for the accused to pay compensation. After a number of adjournments, he paid a total of €2,500.

He also failed to appear in court on at least one occasion and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

When the case returned to Portlaoise District Court last week, defence solicitor, Ms Thomasina Connell said her client was awaiting the payment of a claim, with €18,000 expected.

Once he receives this he will pay compensation.

Judge Catherine Staines said she would adjourn the case to September 20 for the remaining €2,000 to be paid.

To this, the injured party, who was present in court, said: “This is going on two and a half years, it’s ridiculous. I’ve had no car for two and a half years, I lost my job.”

Judge Staines replied that the case had been before the court some ten times now and she was doing her best to get the injured party’s money.

“What happens if the claim doesn’t come through?” asked the injured party.

To this, the accused himself replied that the claim would come through.

The matter was adjourned to September 20 next for the balance of compensation.