Long-term partner stands by online swindler who blackmailed married woman with 'intimate' footage
Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30
Swindler Alan Custy has admitted a sixth count of stealing €4,300 from his latest female victim who he met through a dating website.
His guilty plea to the additional count at Ennis Circuit Court yesterday brings to €19,850 the amount he has pleaded guilty to stealing from the woman between June and November 2013.
The 39-year-old replied "guilty" when arraigned on the count that on October 8, 2013, at a place unknown, he obtained €4,300 from the woman.
Counsel for Custy, Pat Whyms BL, said: "Mr Custy wishes to make full restitution in this matter."
At a previous court hearing in July, Mr Whyms said Custy had saved €7,500 to pay back the woman. Yesterday, Mr Whyms said the amount he has gathered is now €8,500.
"We would ask that the matter go back to the call-over in January when Mr Custy expects to have some more money and advise the court as to when he would have the full sum available," he said.
In response, counsel for the State, Stephen Coughlan BL, said: "In those circumstances, Judge, I couldn't oppose that."
In June, Custy, of Dun na hInse, Ennis, Co Clare, pleaded guilty to five separate counts of stealing a total of €15,550 between June and November 2013 from a woman he met on the site Smooch.com.
It was the second time he had pleaded in relation to a woman he met on the dating website.
In February 2012, the builder walked free from Ennis courthouse after receiving a three-year suspended jail term for blackmailing a married woman he met on Smooch.com over footage of the two enjoying intimate moments in the man's four-wheel drive.
He was accused of demanding €15,000 from the woman, with the threat that he would send the footage to her husband after he told her he had secretly filmed them. No secret camera was found in his car.
The fresh offences took place during the suspended term, placing Custy in jeopardy of having to now serve the suspended prison term along with whatever sanction he may receive for his latest offence.
As part of his bail conditions for the new offence, Custy has agreed to refrain from monitoring or creating accounts or profiles on Smooch.com, Plentyoffish.com and Communitysingles.com.
He was accompanied to court yesterday by his long-term partner Emma Sanderson, who has stood by him throughout the case.