Jailed former garda to face further charges of car theft
A FORMER garda who is serving a three-year sentence for fraud is facing further charges of car theft.
John Joe Synnott (54) of Camblin, New Ross, is currently serving a year, part of a three-year sentence with two years suspended, in Portlaoise prison. He was convicted of three counts of making fraudulent claims in 2007 in relation to a road crash at Newtown Road, Wexford, totaling more than €23,000 - paid out by AXA Insurance.
Synnott is charged with unlawfully using a Peugeot 206 on February 16, 2008 at Rosslare Harbour, without the consent of Lauran Silva. He is further charged with possessing property, a Peugeot 206, property of Lauren Silva, knowing that the property was stolen, or being reckless as to whether it was stolen, between December 25, 2007 and March 5, 2008.
The retired garda is due to appear at the next sitting of Wexford Circuit Criminal Court, on October 18, before Judge Gerard Griffin.
Meanwhile, the father of five has lodged an appeal to his current conviction to the Court of Criminal Appeal. At a recent sitting of Kilkenny Circuit Court free legal aid was granted in relation to the appeal. He was suspended from duty in 2008 and subsequently retired while being investigated by the garda fraud investigators.
The retired garda was awarded the Scott Medal for bravery in 1998 and was also given a Just In Time award at Dublin Castle in 2007 following his rescue of a 20-year-old woman who had fallen into the river Slaney from a bridge in Wexford town.