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Used car trader gets suspended prison sentence for unsafe car

A used car dealer who sold an unfit "deathtrap" has received a three month suspended prison sentence.

Mark Norton, of Alphington, was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court after he resold a defective car on eBay after it was returned by an unhappy customer.

The Ford Ka had serious faults in its brakes, suspension and chassis. The original buyer was refunded her £500 when she brought it back to his MN Car Sales business in Exeter.

Norton then advertised it on eBay, under Exeter Budget Cars, as only needing some welding. Trading Standards spotted the advert and seized the Ka.

Judge Graham Cottle described the car as a "deathtrap".

Norton had admitted offering to supply a dangerous product, under trading standards laws. He was also sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work, and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

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