Wednesday 13 December 2017

Former Garda has his sentencing adjourned

SENTENCING of a former Wexford Garda who had been found guilty of an insurance fraud has been adjourned.

54-year-old John Joe Synnott ( pictured), of Camblin, New Ross, was found guilty by a jury at the April sitting of Wexford Circuit Court of causing loss by corruption and deception to an insurance company.

Synnott, who was based in Wexford Garda Station at the time of the offences, had pleaded not guilty to chrages arising out of an alleged road traffic accident at Newtown Road, Wexford, on September 9, 2007. He also pleaded not guilty of inducing AXA Insurance to pay compensation in respect of the alleged crash; of providing false information for the advantage of himself or others; and of deceiving his principal, An Garda Siochana, in reporting a traffic accident, knowing the report to be false.

During the course of the evidence the defence accepted that John Joe synnott did not attend the scene of the alleged accident; and that Joe Joe Synnott had for many years known Joe Redmond, the partner of one of the women said to be involved in the crash. Evidence was given during the course of the trial of Garda Synnott reporting the alleged accident involving two cars to Pulse in Castlebar and having filled out the various report forms in Wexford Garda Station. It was also given in evidence that a cheque for €9,910 having been paid out by AXA Insurance to Beverley and Joseph Redmond in rtespect of her Audi car said to have been involved in the accident, and a cheque for €13,442 euro been paid to Lorraine Quinlan owner of the second vehicle.

When the matter came before Judge Alice Doyle at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court last Wednesday, Defence Counsel Mark Tottenham asked for sentencing to be put back as his Senior Counsel, John O'Kelly, was unavailable. Judge Doyle said she would adjourn sentencing until June 30 next.

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