Saturday 20 January 2018

Car dealer found guilty of selling crashed vehicles pays back €12k to customers

Criminal Courts of Justice
Criminal Courts of Justice

Tom Tuite

A CAR dealer found guilty of selling previously crashed vehicles has paid back €12,000 to ripped-off customers.

Brian Fassnidge, formerly operating at Motorcity Naas Rd, Dublin 22, was convicted of four offences under consumer protection legislation in relation to two vehicles.

Earlier today at Dublin District Court, Judge John O'Neill heard that Fassnidge has paid back €12,000 since January and €2,750 was left to be reimbursed to two consumers.

Fassnidge was prosecuted following an investigation by the National Consumer Agency (NCA) and had been ordered to refund the two car buyers.

Counsel defending said that he had made significant progress but needed an adjournment to get the rest of the money.

Carl Hanahoe BL, for the NCA, told Judge O'Neill that while there was substantial progress consumers needed to be reimbursed. He also said that a vehicle which was the subject matter of the case has incurred a number of tolls and Fassnidge must pay them also.

Adjourning sentencing, Judge O'Neill said that this was the tenth time the matter was before the court but credit was due to Fassnidge for the way he has met his responsibilities.

The car dealer, who did not address the court today, was ordered to appear again on June 2 next.

He was convicted under the Consumer Protection Act 2007 of misleading consumers in relation to the sale of crashed cars. He was also found guilty breaching the General Products Safety Directive of supplying a dangerous product, the first conviction under that directive.

Fassnidge had been ordered to pay compensation to two people, and to discharge the prosecution's costs.

Counsel defending has already told the court that Fassnidge had to vacate his premises.

The prosecution barrister had also said, the agency “is primarily concerned with recovery for the two consumers. ”

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