COMPULSIVE GAMBLING was the root cause of the fraudulent activities of an Enniscorthy con man, Judge Donnchadh Ó Buachalla was told last week. He was dealing with the case of Patrick Kinsella, whose addresses included 25 Riverview Court and 41 St. Aidan's Villas.
A total of 34 charge sheets were before Enniscorthy District Court sitting at Ardcavan on Wednesday when the judge observed that the defendant had defrauded many people, to a combined tune of €16,000. Solicitor John O'Leary accepted that it was a serious matter and explained that his client's behaviour was linked to compulsive gambling.
Some of the charges dated back to 2005 and the judge was concerned to note that Kinsella was still offending in 2009. Mr. O'Leary accepted that his client had reverted to his old ways last year. He reported that the defendant, who admitted all charges, now had a job with a window fitting company.
At a previous court sitting, the accused was ordered to set aside €30 per week but this money was not now available. The solicitor explained that his client had been evicted from where he was living and he needed a €300 deposit on new accommodation. Without somewhere to stay, Mr. O'Leary explained, Kinsella would not have access to his two children.
Judge Ó Buachalla recorded an eight month prison sentence but said the jail term would be suspended if Kinsella paid up the full €16,000 owed within four months. The court was told that he had a personal injury claim pending and intended to pay those who were at a loss due to his activities with the proceeds of the claim.