Pensioner conned out of €2,500

Published 23/03/2016 | 22:58

Judge's gavel.
Judge's gavel.

A man in his fifties who conned a Duncannon pensioner out of at least €2,500 must pay full compensation to the injured party, Judge Gerard Haughton insisted.

The District Court dealt with the case of Gary O’Brien from 22 Glenview, Carrick-on-Suir on a previous occasion when details of the offence at the Booley Bay home of 73 year old Laurence Byrne were given.

The defendant was one of three men who agreed to carry out work on the soffit and fascia at the house for €800 but then charged €3,000.

In March of last year, O’Brien returned with a demand for €300 to cover VAT.

Garda Sergeant Gary Rayner reckoned that the value of the work was no more than €900.

The judge was also aware that the accused man, who pleaded guilty, had a record of eight previous convictions, including eight imposed under the Theft Act.

The defending solicitor had €250 cash ready to hand over and noted that €100 was paid over on a previous occasion.

She said her client was on social welfare and found it difficult to make payments, adding that O’Brien received nothing for his part in the crime.

The court was not impressed and advised O’Brien that if he wished to avoid a jail sentence then his best chance was to produce the compensation.

The case was then adjounred.

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