Dublin motor dealer in court accused of clocking car

CourtsBy Tom Tuite

THE case of a Dublin motor dealer facing trial accused of breaching the Consumer Protection Act by giving a false kilometre reading on a car has been adjourned.

Alan Harford of Lower Channel Road, Rush, Co Dublin, and his company Northsidemotors Ltd each face a single count of misleading consumers about a four-door '10-reg Ford Focus.

He is accused of providing misleading information on the history of the car at premises in Harold’s Cross in Dublin on November 6th . It is alleged a false kilometre reading on the odometer was given and this was likely to convince an ordinary customer to make a transactional decision they otherwise might not have made.

The prosecution at Dublin District Court has been brought by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

Judge John O'Neill acceded to prosecution solicitor William O'Reilly's request to adjourn the case for two weeks. A summary of evidence was  to be served on the defence solicitor, the court heard earlier.

A plea has yet to be entered.