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Scrumbag Fraudster duped elderly man out of €7,600 for non-existent Six Nations tickets

Sheedy - who has 91 previous convictions in total - is currently serving a three-and-a-half year sentence at Portlaoise prison and before yesterday was not due for release until May 2023.

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Patrick Sheedy at Ennis Court

Patrick Sheedy at Ennis Court

Patrick Sheedy at Ennis Court

A JUDGE has jailed a serial fraudster for duping a 79-year-old rugby club officer to part with €7,610 for 48 Six Nations rugby match tickets that did not exist.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, Judge Mary Larkin jailed Patrick Sheedy (52), of Cliona Park, Moyross, Limerick, for nine months for the three separate deception offences and said that an aggravating factor in the case was Sheedy's level of recidivism where he already amassed 63 previous convictions under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Sheedy - who has 91 previous convictions in total - is currently serving a three-and-a-half year sentence at Portlaoise prison and before yesterday was not due for release until May 2023.

However, as Sheedy committed his latest offences in December 2019 and January 2020 while on bail, the nine-month prison term is consecutive to the three and a half year prison term he is currently serving.

Sheedy's life of deception first came to the notice of gardaí 32 years ago in 1989 where he appeared as a 19-year-old at Limerick District Court on a forgery charge.

In relation to his three latest offences, Sheedy posed as a person involved with World Rugby and duped an officer at London Irish Amateur rugby club, Peter Whiteside, to pay €7,610 for the non-existent tickets.

Mr Whiteside emigrated from Ireland to England over 55 years ago in 1965 and Judge Larkin said he "had been left high and dry and humiliated by Mr Sheedy's actions".

She said Mr Whiteside "was a perfectly innocent person who thought he was purchasing tickets for his rugby club".

The judge said Sheedy "is a clever man and was well able to extract the monies".

Daragh Hassett, solicitor for Sheedy, told the court his client has "a chronic gambling addiction" and was doing what he did to fulfil his need to get money to gamble.

He said Sheedy "would whittle away his money on gambling on every type of thing you could imagine".

He said that as Sheedy is in prison, there is no prospect of the monies being repaid.

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Mr Hassett said Sheedy "is a very bright man. That is half his problem".

"He has an ability to pull off things like this on unsuspecting people and his firm commitment from now is to channel his energies and intellect in a good way and stop this cycle of prison, getting out, getting treatment and unfortunately re-offending," Mr Hassett added.

He said that, behind all of this, Sheedy is a decent man but has been unable to deal with his addiction. He added that his client knows the prison is the best place for him right now.

Mr Hassett said Sheedy "feels very sorry for the injured party who is an ex-pat who emigrated and has been heavily involved in rugby and who trusted Mr Sheedy in relation to these tickets".

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