Conman expected to pay pensioner back
Judge Gerard Haughton confirmed that he expects a 50 year old conman to come up with full compensation for the Duncannon pensioner he helped to dupe out of €2,500.
Gary O'Brien of 22 Glenview, Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary was told that he has six months to come up with the money due back to 73 year old Laurence Byrne in Booley Bay.
At a previous sitting of the court, the judge heard how Byrne was one of a gang who tricked the injured party by overcharging for work carried out at his home.
Back in court on March 21, the defending barrister said she had no funds to offer, adding that her client and his wife were both unemployed.
The couple had a daughter who was extremely ill, so they were back and forth to Clonmel to see her, the court was informed. The judge said he intended to hand down a prison sentence, which will be suspended only if the money is paid within six months.
When he was told that O'Brien intended to seek work in Canada, the court granted a remand on bail to April 12, with the defendant required to hand in his passport.