Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Victims of Bideford rogue car dealers will receive £11k

PUBLISHED: 12:59 12 October 2017

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown court

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown court

Archant

Crown court judge rules two rogue car dealers from Bideford will pay out £11,000 in compensation to their victims.

Victims of two rogue car dealers from Bideford will receive more than £11,000 in compensation.

An Exeter Crown Court Judge ordered John Hussey, 50, previously of Bideford but now living in Ireland, to pay £25,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, with £8,580 to go to their victims.

Adam Wallis, previously from Bideford, was ordered to pay £3,150, with £2,665 to go to their victims.

DX Motors Ltd was run by Hussey and Wallis.

In June 2016 the two pleaded guilty at Exeter Crown Court to offences relating to unsafe, unroadworthy and ‘misdescribed’ vehicles sold from their site on Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, Bideford.

Councillor Stuart Barker, Devon County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for trading standards, said: “This is an excellent result that reflects the hard work of officers involved in the investigation.

“The Proceeds of Crime Act means that we can now ensure people like Hussey and Wallis don’t profit from their criminal behaviour and very importantly we can get compensation for victims.”

The court heard that one vehicle, a VW Golf sold by Wallis, was in such a dangerous condition that the day after purchase the front passenger wheel fell off as the new owner was driving though Bideford.

A BMW 325i, brought by a young mother who had saved up for two years, was sold with the rear metal brake pipe hanging loosely under the rear of the vehicle.

There was also so much wear in the rear suspension bushings the car was at risk of unpredictable handling, particularly when braking.

Another vehicle, a BMW 316, which both Hussey and Wallis admitted supplying, was sold with both front brake hoses in such a bad condition the brakes could have failed at any time.

An independent motor vehicle engineer examined some of the cars, and found that three were dangerous and unroadworthy.

One vehicle had been supplied with incomplete road springs, a defective hand brake and front brake hoses that had deteriorated to a dangerous condition.

Hussey had previously pleaded guilty in February 2013 at Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court for supplying an unroadworthy car.

He was sentenced in July 2016 to four months in custody, suspended for 18 months, with 200 hours unpaid community work and Wallis was sentenced to 150 hours unpaid community work.

At a hearing last week the two were ordered to pay cash back to their victims.

Stephen Gardiner, Interventions Manager at Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service added: “This is an excellent result and demonstrates that rogue trading will not be tolerated in our area.”

Anyone with concerns, or who would like advice about their rights, should telephone The Citizens Advice Consumer service on 0345 0404 506 or visit citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/if-you-need-more-help-about-a-consumer-issue

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 19:03

‘The surf was well over head height’ - RNLI Jack Hutchens reacts quickly to save a body boarder at Croyde beach

Read more
Yesterday, 18:22

Always wanted to try Butterbeer? A special Harry Potter-inspired freakshake is launching at Tooters Diner in Barnstaple tomorrow, and we went to have a sneak preview...

Read more
Yesterday, 17:59

Friday afternoon crash in East Street

Read more
Yesterday, 16:19

With Storm Brian set to batter North Devon, would-be wave watchers are advised to stay well away from the water and big waves

Read more
Yesterday, 14:36

North Devon prepares for gusts of 60-70mph and swells of 16-26ft as Storm Brian gets ready to unleash his wrath on the region tomorrow (Saturday).

Read more
Yesterday, 14:02

North Devon Foodfest is returning to Barnstaple Pannier Market this Sunday and promises a feast for all the senses with local produce and chef demos.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:55

North Devon Crematorium has secured £5,000 for North Devon Cancer Care Centre Trust through a national recycling scheme carried out with the consent of the bereaved.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:28

A Barnstaple man charged with causing death by careless driving appeared in court today - but the case was adjourned by magistrates.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:17

Justeen Easton has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award, after setting up a charity for grieving families in memory of her daughter Ellie.

Read more
Thu, 19:10

Amelia Womack, deputy leader of The Green Party, has been helping the candidates canvass for forthcoming Braunton district and parish council by elections

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications