Tuesday 20 February 2018

Wedding crashers: Couple who staged crash caught out on Facebook

David Ward (30) and Lynsey Ivory (27), of The Beeches, Clonshaugh, Priorswood, Dublin, leaving court yesterday
David Ward (30) and Lynsey Ivory (27), of The Beeches, Clonshaugh, Priorswood, Dublin, leaving court yesterday

Sonya McLean

A couple who staged a car crash while pretending to be strangers were discovered when the insurance company saw that they appeared in each other's Facebook profile pictures, a court has heard.

David Ward (30) was the front seat passenger in an Opel Corsa which rear-ended the Volkswagen Passat Lynsey Ivory (27) was driving.

Ward and Ivory, of The Beeches, Clonshaugh, Priorswood, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attempting to dishonestly, by deception, cause a loss to FBD Insurance between July 22, 2013 and January 1, 2014.

Both of them claimed to be suffering injury from the collision but denied to gardaí, who arrived to investigate the crash, that they knew each other.

They were transferred to hospital in the same ambulance during which they continued to pretend to be strangers.

Both Ward and Ivory later submitted a personal injury claim to FBD Insurance .

Garda Neill Plunkett told Martina Baxter, prosecuting, that a claims handler with FBD examined both Ward's and Ivory's Facebook accounts, having received their claims, and noted that they appeared in each other's profile pictures.

The gardaí were contacted and when officers arrived at Ivory's home to arrest her for questioning, Ward answered the door.

The court heard that if the couple's claim had been successful they could each have been awarded up to €15,000. The pair will be sentenced today.

Ward has seven previous convictions for offences including criminal damage and theft, while Ivory has no convictions. The couple have two children and have since married.

Gda Plunkett told Judge Martin Nolan that he had been suspicious from his first investigation of the collision on Corballis Road, Donabate on July 22, 2013.

Irish Independent

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