Thursday 22 March 2018

'Swindler' to serve jail time for duping businessman (78)

Three-and-a-half year sentence imposed on Gurteen man

Brian Convey, who has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Brian Convey, who has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

A 28-year-old man has been jailed for three and a half years for duping a 78-year-old businessman out of farm machinery.

Brian Convey of Kilfree, Gurteen, Ballymote was sentenced at a sitting of the Circuit Court in Roscommon.

Jude Raymond Fullam imposed a three-and-a-half year sentence with the final year suspended providing Convey pays back €44,000 to his victim within the next six months.

Convey had been remanded in custody after being unanimously found guilty by a jury at his trial in Sligo last month.

The deception conviction was in relation to €44,000 worth of farming equipment belonging to Philip Martin of Kilmactranny, Boyle.

Convey used a false name and conned Mr Martin into selling him the machinery on credit.

Convey sold some of the machinery at an auction in England.

None of the machinery has ever been recovered by Gardai.

Mr Martin had told Sligo Circuit Court he was "taken in completely" by Convey.

Prosecuting Counsel Dara Foynes described him as "a swindler who targeted an elderly gentleman".

He was found guilty of dishonestly and deceptively inducing Mr Martin to hand over machinery and appliances between June 16th and 19th 2010.

They were: a baler, a wrapper, three pallets of silowrap and 20 rolls of net, total value €44,070.

Mr Martin never got his money nor his stock back.

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