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Monday 21 August 2017

Homeowner took deposit off 'tenant' to pay mortgage

THIS is the desperate mortgage holder who scammed a prospective tenant out of a deposit after he falsely claimed that he had a room for rent in his home.

Ken Dodrill (31) was caught after the woman's boyfriend also pretended to be a prospective tenant and then contacted gardai.

A court heard that Dodrill was in dire financial straits at the time, was in arrears on his mortgage and he wasn't thinking straight.

The defendant, of Station Court Park in Clonsilla, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to a charge of theft, contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft & Fraud Offences) Act, 2001.

The incident took place at his home in Clonsilla on April 1 last year.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said that the victim answered an online advertisement from the defendant.

The advert offered a double room to rent in his house.

Sgt Callaghan said the victim paid a deposit of €300 cash on April 1 last year and was due to move into the room the following week.

However, when the woman tried to contact Dodrill he refused to answer her calls, leaving her homeless.

The sergeant said Dodrill then told the victim that the room was not available to rent, but refused to return the deposit. Sergeant Callaghan said the victim's boyfriend then contacted Dodrill as a potential tenant, and he then got in touch with gardai.

The court heard that Dodrill has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Dodrill bought the property in 2003, but is in significant arrears with his mortgage.

 

Apology

Ms Buckley said the defendant, an unemployed sign maker, was in dire financial straits at the time of this incident, and he wasn't thinking straight.

She also said that Dodrill was very embarrassed about his behaviour and had also written a letter of apology to the victim.

Fining Dodrill, Judge David McHugh said the crime was one of the most vile acts which a person can commit against another.

Judge McHugh ordered Dodrill to return the €300 deposit to the victim and fined him €500.

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