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Monday 9 December 2019

Soccer tickets conman's sentence delayed by gun trial

Scammer Robert Keogh
Scammer Robert Keogh

Sentencing has been adjourned in the case of a Dublin man who was due to learn his fate on fraud-related charges at Dun Laoghaire District Court yesterday.

The court decided that it would defer passing sentence on Robert Keogh (37) until after he is sentenced in England next month on charges relating to possession of 60 firearms in Dover last month.

Keogh didn't appear in court yesterday as he is locked up in a prison in England.

The Dun Laoghaire charges will now be dealt with at a court sitting later this year.

Yesterday, the Herald revealed that Keogh has not paid a cent back to his victims, even though he promised to repay them at a previous hearing.

Duped

Dun Laoghaire District Court previously heard that the gambler and conman, who duped football fans into handing over money for non-existent tickets to Premier League matches, promised to repay his victims.

Keogh told gardai, "I can't apologise enough" when he was questioned about the scam.

Last September, he admitted six counts of inducing others to hand over cash with the intention of making a gain.

Judge Anne Watkin adjourned sentencing to allow Keogh to bring compensation to court but the victims have not been paid.

At the time, Keogh was serving a 12-month sentence after he admitted similar offences before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in April of last year.

The defendant, of Hazelbury Green, Clonsilla, conned his victims out of €1,950 after he advertised fake tickets online.

The victims lost their money after they met Keogh in person and handed over cash, with him telling them they would get the tickets for Liverpool matches.

Sgt Peadar McCann said the incidents all took place at agreed meeting places, mostly in hotel car parks in the Leopardstown area.

Keogh's potential sentence in the south Dublin court will be insignificant compared with what he is likely to receive at Canterbury Crown Court on October 11. His huge arms haul was discovered when he was stopped by UK Border Force officers on August 2.

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