Fraudulent brothers fined

Two brothers who pretended to sell a laptop to a Polish woman but instead gave her a laptop case with two bottles of water in it have been convicted and fined.

The woman handed €250 to the brothers at the Old Longford Road, Mullingar on February 8 this year in exchange for what she thought was a HP laptop.

John Sweeney, 53 Meadowpark, Westport Rd, Castlebar and Eddie Sweeney, 18 Na Lantain, Castlebar Road, Ballinasloe pleaded guilty to the offence.

Judge John Neilan said it was a serious offence and cautioned the two men about being back in his District Court area to con people or “convince them there’s a valuable item in a briefcase”.

Eddie Sweeney was fined €1,000 on the basis of 10 previous convictions for road traffic offences. John Sweeney, who has no previous convictions, was fined €500.

Compensation was also paid.


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