Saturday 19 August 2017

'Narcissist' racked up €141,000 in unpaid bills

Sonya McLean

A MAN diagnosed with a "narcissistic personality" racked up bills of €141,000 after he claimed to work for a recruitment company to get free hotels, chauffeur-driven cars and a five-star venue for an event.

Daniel Duffy (27) of Manulla, Castlebar, Co Mayo, was given a suspended sentence for the offences yesterday.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Duffy had enlisted the service of a golf event management specialist, Collette Brady, to organise a website launch at the plush K Club in Co Kildare.

Ms Brady has since been held financially responsible for the cost of the entertainment at €27,000, and a further €25,000 for the hotel bill. She is also at a loss of €73,000, which includes her consultancy fee and the fee to her golf management company for organising the event. Ms Brady also booked hotels on behalf of Duffy which amounted to €8,000 and is personally liable for a €7,000 bill for Kildare-based A&M chauffeurs, which she had organised for the accused.

A bill for a six-week stay in a south Dublin guesthouse, which amounted to €2,100, was also not paid by Duffy.

Guilty

Duffy pleaded guilty to three charges of making a gain or causing a loss by deception on dates between September and November 2006. Four similar charges were taken into account.

Judge Patricia Ryan sentenced Duffy to three years in prison, which she suspended on condition that he engage with the Probation Service for two years and attend for treatment as directed by medical practitioners.

She said she was taking into account the damage Duffy's crimes had on Ms Brady both financially and to her reputation. She ordered that €15,000 which the accused had in court as a token of his remorse be handed over to her.

Ms Brady made a complaint to gardai in November 2006 after failing to get any payment from Duffy who by that time had returned to Castlebar.

A report from consultant psychiatrist stated that Duffy suffered from "a narcissistic personality which allows him represent himself to people at a level which is not true" and that he had also suffered from both anxiety and depression dating back to 2001.

A statement submitted to the court on behalf of Ms Brady described the negative impact the actions of Duffy had on her business and reputation. She had suffered considerable stress and was now dependent on social welfare.

Duffy had no previous convictions and was "unknown to the gardai prior to his arrest".

Irish Independent

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