Victims of Bideford rogue car dealers will receive £11k

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

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


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