Car dealer is jailed for 'clocking' UK imports
Published 02/12/2010 | 05:00
AN upmarket car dealer was jailed for a year yesterday for 'clocking' cars imported from the UK.
Jeffrey Beere sold three cars for around €20,000 each between June and November 2008 through advertising on car sales websites.
Beere (28) of Monkstown Mews, Newtown Park, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely altering the odometers of an Audi TT, Volkswagon Golf and Audi A4 in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on dates between June and November 2008.
The dealer has eight previous convictions for minor road traffic matters.
Detective Garda Will Saunderson revealed that Beere sold an Audi TT which showed 50,000 miles on the clock when it was later discovered to have been sold to a UK car trader with a reading of 76,893 miles the previous year.
Det Gda Saunderson told the prosecution that Beere sold a Volkswagon Golf for €20,000 to another buyer with 28,000 miles on the clock when it should have had a reading of more than 60,000 miles.
He said this buyer rang Beere over forty times but got no answer when his car experienced mechanical problems.
Judge Delahunt accepted Beere's early guilty plea.