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Sunday 20 August 2017

'Even the accent just puts her right off' - Woman boycotting Dublin after she was victim of buy-and-sell scam

Gardai. File picture
Gardai. File picture
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

A woman has told of how her daughter is boycotting Dublin after she was the victim of a well-known criminal's buy-and-sell scam.

The woman and her husband travelled to the capital from Westmeath to sell a dirt-bike for much-needed funds.

Speaking to Liveline, caller Teresa said the couple had put a price of €2,000 on the dirt-bike but were left standing at the side of a road with no bike, and no money.

A man who claimed to be interested in buying the bike met the couple at a housing estate near the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

He asked could he 'test' the bike before handing an envelope to the couple and driving off. The envelope they were handed was packed with blank papers.

"They really needed the money. My daughter ran after him, but he went across an area where cars can't go. It had little bollards, where you can just go with buggies, or stolen bikes it seems," Teresa said.

"My son-in-law and daughter rang the guards but they were no help at all.

"They were told they were lucky they didn't open the envelope and discover there was paper in it  because my daughter would probably have had her jaw broken by an accomplice lurking nearby.

"Or that my son-in-law could have been shot or stabbed.

"They said they know this particular person [who stole the bike] and they know his family and where he lives."

Teresa said her daughter used to enjoy travelling to Dublin, but hasn't since the alleged scam.

"She used to go to Dublin shopping and all, now she doesn't.

"Even the Dublin accent just puts her right off.

"Is there a different law in Dublin? I just don't know," she added.

Teresa also said the couple were able to hand photographs of the man to the gardaí.

"My daughter has four photos on her phone, she took them of the man. She must have had it in her head or something...

"Her eyes were swollen for two weeks afterwards from all the crying.

"They have young children, a huge mortgage, her husband had just lost his job. They were going to use the money for bills, the mortgage, stuff like that, like most young people in the country."

She continued: "[The gardaí] said they know who it is, we know his family, he's a known criminal, his brother is a worse criminal, they knew where he was staying... but they can't do anything about it.

"You'll never make up €2,000, you get angry every now and again about what happened.

"These people do things like that and they have a free roof over their head, free food they eat and all they do is go out and rob decent people on the street.

"My daughter had her first baby when she was 17, they worked hard right through and built their house and they have another little boy now.

"They've worked for everything they have.

"My son-in-law used to be very trusting of people, but he won't be now."

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