Bride awarded €7,680 against 'gangster' snapper
A BRIDE broke down in tears as she told a judge how a photographer she paid to record the most special occasion of her life took the money and the pictures and ran.
Daphne Byrne, of Harmonstown Road, Artane, Dublin, told the Circuit Civil Court that wedding photographer Eoghan O'Sullivan, of The Close, Highlands, Drogheda, Co Louth, had promised to provide her and her husband John with a CD and album of images from their big day.
"We never saw him again," she told Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke. "We got one of two snaps that were disgraceful.
"In one of them I looked as if I had no teeth."
Judge Groarke was assessing damages yesterday after a judgment had already been made in favour of Ms Byrne in the absence of a defence,
Ms Byrne said more than 30 relatives had attended the wedding on July 7, 2012
She had paid O'Sullivan €680 up front but now had to plan a small family "wedding party" where some pictures of the couple's lost big day could be staged.
Judge Groarke said the photographer could only be described as a gangster.
"Like a puff of smoke the man has disappeared into the ether," said Judge Groarke, as he awarded Ms Byrne a total of €7,680 in damages.