A Mayo man has appeared before Lettekenny District Court in relation to cheques written to pay for goods in the knowledge that the cheques would not be honoured. The charges related to cheques written in respect of Raitt’s hardware shop in Ballybofey and Heiton Buckley in Letterkenny in October 2013.
The court heard that James Hunter (49) of Crofton Park, Ballina, Co Mayo had 16 previous convictions.

His solicitor told the court: “All these offences took place over the last two years. They stem from the collapse of his business. He is a builder and rather stupidly kept using his cheque book.”

At the time of writing the cheques Mr Hunter found himself in an unprecedented situation where he had work on but there was no money coming in. He is now back on the straight and narrow and is paying back all injured parties, even those who had not made a complaint. In fact, he had paid Heiton Buckley back €3,600 which he said was the correct amount even though the company had claimed that he owed €3,400. Both Heiton Buckley and Raitt’s indicated that they had indeed been reimbursed by Mr Hunter.

Judge Paul Kelly requested that a Probation Report and a Community Service Report be carried out. Mr Hunter who is facing similar charges in a number of regions will appear again before Letterkenny District Court on February 9.

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