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Car dealer guilty of selling previously crashed cars facing €10,000 legal bill

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Legal costs: Brian Fassnidge is awaiting sentence after being convicted
Legal costs: Brian Fassnidge is awaiting sentence after being convicted

A CAR dealer found guilty of selling previously crashed vehicles has fully reimbursed ripped-off customers but now must come up with an extra €10,000 in legal costs.

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

As a result of the prosecution brought by the National Consumer Agency (NCA) he has paid back €14,750 to two customers.

Judge John O'Neill heard today at Dublin District Court that he has discharged the sale price of the two vehicles. However, he now must come up with a further €10,000 to cover the NCA's legal costs.

Carl Hanahoe BL, for the NCA, told Judge O'Neill that the “consumers are no longer out of pocket, that is certainly a result from the agency's perspective”. He also said that there were €300 in road toll payments outstanding and that had to be paid as well. 

It was agreed that he could have six months to cover the legal costs and Judge O'Neill adjourned sentencing and ordered Fassnidge,who did not address the court, to appear again in December.

It was the 11th date the matter was before the district court and Judge O'Neill noted that Fassnidge's business has closed but would “honour his side of the bargain”.

He was convicted under the Consumer Protection Act 2007 of misleading consumers in relation to the sale of crashed cars. He was also found guilty breaching the General Products Safety Directive of supplying a dangerous product, the first conviction under that directive.

Fassnidge had been ordered to pay compensation to two people, and to discharge the prosecution's costs.

Counsel defending has already told the court that Fassnidge had to vacate his premises.

The prosecution barrister had also said, the agency “is primarily concerned with recovery for the two consumers. ”

Read: Car dealer who ripped off customers pays back €12,000.