Monday, 09. December 2013
19. 10. 12. - 14:00
A 23-year-old new father has escaped jail for insurance fraud after the judge branded him "a poor sausage" after hearing how he had run up massive debts.
The court heard how the man who was not named for legal reasons had managed to get insurance payments by claiming he had been left hospitalised for two months and in a coma after a motorcycle accident.
The attempt at fraud had been so badly planned that even the so-called hospital report had numerous spelling mistakes – but the insurance company had failed to spot it and had paid the man €2,400.
But instead of counting his luck the man decided to repeat the claim and this time say he had been in a coma for eight months – but this time was caught out.
The court heard that the man was hopeless with money and owned two cars and a motorbike all on leasing and had around €60,000 of debt that he had no hope of paying back.
At the same time together with his wife they had just had a new baby and he told the court he wanted to give the child the best.
The judge told him: "How is owning a new motorbike giving the child the best? You really are a sad case – a poor sausage."
The man's lawyer described his client as a victim of consumerism and the judge decided in order not to destroy his hope for the future and that of his family that the man – a qualified carpenter – would get a conditional jail term.
Passing sentence the judge added that it really was the young man's last chance to put his life back in order.
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