Saturday 16 December 2017

Man duped woman into paying €950 for tickets she never received

Gareth White sold non-existent tickets to the woman
Gareth White sold non-existent tickets to the woman

Eimear Cotter

A DUBLIN man duped a woman into handing over nearly €1,000 in return for concert tickets which she never received, a court heard.

Gareth White (27) took €950 in cash off the woman over a five-week period earlier this year, before she realised that she was not going to get any concert tickets.

The defendant has asked the court for some time to repay the money that he dishonestly received. Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing to a date next year.

The defendant, with an address at Plunkett Green in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to making gain or causing loss by deception.

The incident, contrary to the theft and fraud offences act, took place at Track Bookmakers, Sycamore Road in Finglas.

The deception took place on a number of different days between January 1, 2015, and February 9, 2015.

White admitted that he induced the woman to give him €950 in cash on various dates in the belief that she would receive concert tickets from him in return. The woman did not receive any concert tickets, and the matter was later reported to gardai in Finglas.


Defence solicitor Simon Fleming told the court that White wished to mark a plea of guilty to the charge.

Mr Fleming said White was willing to pay compensation to the injured party, but that he would need some time to save up the money.

Mr Fleming asked Judge McHugh if he would consider adjourning the case until after Christmas.

Judge McHugh said he would give White until the end of January to repay the money.

White is also expected to be sentenced on that date.

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