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Man withdraws €60,000 damages claim over alleged car accident

Irish Examiner | A 27-year-old married man from Cameroon who is living in Dublin has withdrawn a €60,000 damages claim against the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland who had appeared on behalf of an uninsured driver following an alleged rear-ending accident.

Paul Afumbom, of Kilakee Court, Firhouse, Dublin, is currently under a two-year suspended sentence for possession of a €22,000 falsified cheque, agreed before Judge Jacqueline Linnane in the Circuit Civil Court to the withdrawal and dismissal of his claim.

Judge Linnane also allowed Afumbom’s solicitor in the personal injury claim to come off record on the grounds of a breakdown of trust in that Afumbom had failed to tell his solicitor of his criminal conviction.

Afumbom, who has a family of four, had alleged he suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome with anxiety and depression and headaches following an accident in December 2013 in which he alleged his car had been rear-ended at Newlands Road, Clondalkin, Dublin.

Barrister Michael Murray, who appeared for MIBI with Alan Synnott of Stephen Mackenzie Solicitors, told Judge Linnane the bureau had brought a motion to dismiss Afumbom’s claim.

In October 2017 before Judge Karen O’Connor he had been given a sentence of two years suspended on his own bond of €100 for possession of a false instrument.

Judge O’Connor had heard that Afumbom had allowed a cheque for €22,035.68 to be placed in his personal account at Bank of Ireland, Rathcoole, made payable to Irish Ferries.

The cheque had been intercepted in the post “by a serious criminal element, and Irish Ferries crossed out and replaced with Afumbom’s name”.

Detective Garda Shane Barry had told Judge O’Connor that Afumbom had been naive in that he had used his own bank account, giving a correct home address and his driving licence as evidence of identity.

He had received only €1,043.28 for having facilitated a man who approached him to cash the cheque and had pleaded guilty from the very start.

Afumbom told Judge O’Connor he had allowed himself to be “taken in” and that he had not been behind the fraud, losing a good job at Dublin Airport following publicity of his case.

Judge O’Connor, who heard the sum involved had never been recovered, had been told the maximum sentence for the offence was 10 years.

Afumbom appeared in the Circuit Civil Court before Judge Linnane today and withdrew his personal injuries claim and consented to his case being dismissed.

Initially, the address used in his damages claim was Broadfield Close, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, the same address under which he had been charged with the criminal offence.

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  1. it must be a follower of (wereh ngang)jesus,called christian kikikiki

  2. Fire by Fire!Fighting Fire with Fire with Eventually lead to fire burning either the fighter or the defendant !If you Bit more than you can sallow , you either throw-up or expand your throat!

  3. Hon Bah, let him turn the other cheek . Hahaha. he surely made that decision in a blazing corn Farm . The heat was too much .. BTW who started the fire ? Kikikiki

  4. Naturevsartificial

    Get rich or die trying right? Such paths never lead to glorious riches but inevitable destruction which quite often than not, does not affect only the greedy but also the entire dependent family. Becoming a millionaire is a good thing but is no prerequisite to a long, happy and healthy life governed by love. This explains why those in the jungles still live to see a century while those in big mansions soon require someone to take care of them even before they are 80 if they are lucky to live that long. The young man in question has been in Ireland for more than 12 yrs haven spent more than 5 years in South Africa first. He was a barber in Soth Africa but thought Hairdressing is a low grade job and scamming is better. I hope this opens his mind to focus on the necessary things mainly .

    • I love when stupid people make comments on matters they know nothing about.

      I’m pretty sure the person involved is not even worry about it.

  5. Always the same people, axis of devil ambashitnian doing what they know best

  6. TENDEMO,,,,since wereh ngang(jesus)knows everything in advance.let him tell,and those to come kikikiki

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