Wednesday 15 August 2018

Beauty expert told by judge to sell two cars or 'face Mountjoy' over €51,000 bill

Paul Mooney with singer Alesha Dixon at Flormar Ireland’s first birthday party in 2016. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Paul Mooney with singer Alesha Dixon at Flormar Ireland’s first birthday party in 2016. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A cosmetologist who owes the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) almost €51,000 has been ordered to sell two cars or "face Mountjoy".

Beauty expert Paul Mooney, former CEO in Ireland of cosmetics brand Flormar, appeared before Dublin District Court over money owed to the MIBI arising out of a personal injury claim against him.

Mr Mooney, a father of two and owner of The Cosmetic Outlet, was driving without insurance when he was involved in a road traffic accident in September 2011.

The MIBI is a not-for-profit organisation which compensates victims of road traffic accidents caused by uninsured vehicles. Mr Mooney, of Drimnagh, Dublin, was ordered to pay €50,116.85 to the MIBI following the claim.

Judge Michael Coghlan said he was "concerned" at the "audacious evidence" given by Mr Mooney and warned him "you're not going to be able to drop the ball all the time, you'll be dropping it around Mountjoy if this doesn't sort itself out soon, simple as that".

The court heard how a Toyota Rav owned by Mr Mooney, previously valued at €20,000, is to be sold in the coming days with the MIBI set to receive €6,127.59 from the proceeds of the sale. When cross-examined on the value of the vehicle by counsel for the MIBI, Mr Mooney said there was some underlying damage and the vehicle had been involved in a crash.

Counsel for MIBI said it had sent out a representative to take photographs of the vehicle and claimed there was "no damage" visible.

Mr Mooney replied that there was a "big scratch on the left-hand side of the car" and said he would send a photograph of the damage. Counsel for Mr Mooney said payment was to be made in the next 48 hours for the car and this would be discharged in full to the MIBI this week.

The court also heard how another car owned by Mr Mooney, a Mercedes CLA 180, had been valued at €16,000 by a dealership in Dublin but he was advertising it on Done Deal for €25,000. Counsel for Mr Mooney said he hoped to achieve somewhere in between those figures.

When asked about the low value placed on the vehicle, Mr Mooney said there was a "lot of damage to the Mercedes on the bumper, on the door and the back".

The judge described this evidence as "concerning".

He ordered Mr Mooney to continue monthly payments of €1,000 to the MIBI and for the Mercedes to be valued by a Mercedes dealership.

Irish Independent

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