Sus­pended sen­tence for mo­tor dealer guilty of theft

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

A NEW ROSS car dealer who was found guilty by a jury of five charges of theft re­lat­ing to the sale of mo­tor ve­hi­cles has been given a sus­pended two-year con­cur­rent sen­tence on each of the charges.

James Syd­ney, of 7 Wood­lawn Grove, New Ross, was found guilty at an ear­lier sit­ting of Wex­ford Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court to thefts to­talling €52,000 from var­i­ous cus­tomers. At last week’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, Judge Cor­mac Quinn handed down a twoyear prison sen­tence for each of the charges, to run con­cur­rently. Each of the sen­tences are to be sus­pended in full.

The New Ross busi­ness­man, who is now work­ing in Lon­don, was found guilty to theft of €8000, prop­erty of Thomas Dudek be­tween Septem­ber 10, 2014, and Oc­to­ber 6, 2014, at Sid­ney’s Garage, Marsh­mead­ows, New Ross.

He was fur­ther found guilty to theft of €17,000, prop­erty of Paul Burke on Au­gust 20, 2014, at Sid­ney Garage; theft of €17,000 prop­erty of Thomas dun­phy, Jnr., be­tween Septem­ber 19, 2014, and Septem­ber 30, 2014; theft of €3500 prop­erty of Robert Bar­towski on Septem­ber 15, 2014, at Sid­ney’s Garage; and theft of €7000, prop­erty of Bernard Brook­well, on Septem­ber 26, 2014.

On each oc­cas­sion, Sid­ney agreed to sell the vic­tims’ cars, but failed to re­pay them once the cars were sold.

When the case came back be­fore Judge Quinn at Wex­ford Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court, Pros­e­cut­ing Coun­sel, Ms Sinead Glee­son told the court that Judge Barry Hick­son di­rected that if pay­ments of €500 per month be made to the injured par­ties, a two-year sus­pendend sen­tence would be im­posed.

To date €17,000 has been paid, in­clud­ing €6,000 which was handed over to the court last week.

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