Limerick brothers defrauded woman with unnecessary repair work

Judge Tom O'Donnell

TWO County Limerick brothers have pleaded guilty to deceiving a woman in her 80s out of €4,900 for “unnecessary and unsolicited” repair works at her home.

James O’Brien (43) of Park Luachra, Abbeyfeale admitted the offence, contrary to the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, at an address in Limerick City on November 9, 2018.

Martin O’Brien (31) of Colbert Terrace, Abbeyfeale pleaded guilty to the same charge, at the same location, on the same date.

During an arraignment hearing at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court today, the brothers admitted “dishonestly and by deception inducing the woman to withdraw €4,900 from her bank account for payment for unnecessary and unsolicited repair works to a Velux window.

Prosecuting counsel John O’Sullivan said that the victim was a lady in her early 80s and that the State was anxious “with regard to the victim’s age” that the matter be dealt with as quickly as possible.

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Defence Counsel Pat Barriscale said the defendants were anxious to conclude matters and they had a sum of money to pay as compensation for the victim.

Judge Tom O’Donnell remanded both men on bail to hear the evidence at a pre-sentencing hearing at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court on July 27.