Car dealer repays €12k to conned customers

A car dealer found guilty of selling previously crashed vehicles has paid €12,000 back to ripped-off customers.

Brian Fassnidge, formerly operating at Motorcity, Naas Rd, Dublin 22, was convicted of four offences under consumer protection legislation in relation to two vehicles.

At Dublin District Court yesterday, Judge John O’Neill heard that Fassnidge has paid back €12,000 since January and €2,750 was left to be reimbursed to two consumers.

Fassnidge was prosecuted following an investigation by the National Consumer Agency (NCA) and had been ordered to refund the two car buyers.

Counsel defending said that Fassnidge had made significant progress but needed an adjournment to get the rest of the money.

Carl Hanahoe, for the NCA, told Judge O’Neill that while there was substantial progress, consumers needed to be reimbursed. He also said that a vehicle which was the subject matter of the case has incurred a number of tolls and Fassnidge must pay them also.

Adjourning sentencing, Judge O’Neill said that this was the 10th time the matter had come before the court but credit was due to Fassnidge for the way he has met his responsibilities.

The car dealer, who did not address the court yesterday, was ordered to appear again on June 2.




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