Forged sig­na­ture when he bought sec­ond-hand truck

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

TOM CON­NORS (22) of 2 Em­met Place in Carnew ad­mit­ted forg­ing an­other man’s sig­na­ture on a doc­u­ment when he bought a clapped out truck in March of last year.

Ap­pear­ing for the fa­ther of two, so­lic­i­tor David Tar­rant told Wex­ford Court how his client dab­bles in the buy­ing and sell­ing of ve­hi­cles.

On March 8 last year, Con­nors ar­rived the yard of Michael Fur­long at New­town Road in Wex­ford.

A price of €1,500 was agreed for the truck and the pur­chaser signed the log book, us­ing the name of an­other in­di­vid­ual with an ad­dress in En­nis­cor­thy.

The ve­hi­cle was driven away with no money chang­ing hands but the seller tracked it down soon after­wards at Mol­loy’s scrap yard in Bal­ly­car­ney.

De­fend­ing so­lic­i­tor David Tar­rant de­scribed what oc­curred as ‘an en­tire case of mess­ing’, ex­plain­ing that Con­nors had a buyer lined up for the truck but ended up sell­ing it on to an­other in­di­vid­ual, who brought it to Bal­ly­car­ney.

The court was as­sured that it was never in­tended to put the truck back on the road and that ev­ery­one in­volved was paid their due.

‘He has learnt his les­son,’ sug­gested Mr Tar­rant, adding that the de­fen­dant had brought €500 cash with an of­fer to make a do­na­tion to char­ity.

With some show of re­luc­tance, Judge Gerard Haughton al­lowed the ben­e­fit of the Pro­ba­tion Act and di­rected that the money be paid to the garda benev­o­lent fund.

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