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Used car dealer avoids jail in Ferrari theft case due to 'bi-polar episode'

A used car dealer has escaped jail after a judge accepted that 'a bi-polar episode contributed to his poor decision' to handle a stolen £400,000 Ferrari.

Patrick Van Der Moyle (55) of Cypress Road, Walton Cardiff, near Tewkesbury, pleaded guilty to dishonestly receiving the limited edition Ferrari Barchetta, reports Gloucestershire Live.

The car, one of only four ever made, was stolen from the owner's home at Southrop, near Fairford last summer.

Gloucester Crown Court heard that Van Der Moyle was paid £1,000 to 'take care' of the vehicle after the theft.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said the owner was away when the house was entered and items were taken including guns and two high value cars - the Ferrari and a black Porsche.

Wood applied for £1,000 to be paid by Van Der Moyle to the car owner as that was his benefit from storing the vehicle.

Defending Steve Young said Van Der Moyle "is a man who has 55 years of good character but he does have health issues that may have contributed to his poor decision”.

"I would not seek to argue against order of compensation, he has been very candid about receiving that money,” he said.

"But it will be something he will find difficult to pay. He is running a business and has significant debts. Last month his net profit was £300. The best he can afford to repay is £50 a month.”

Recorder Timothy Rose told the defendant: "On 23 August there was an exceptionally serious dwelling burglary. So serious the burglar was given eight years.

"When you decided to look after this high value vehicle you must have known you were treading on dangerous waters. I know that you know you were treading on dangerous waters with how you responded to the police.

"Even though you weren't there at the time of the burglary you told police you Googled it but still held onto the vehicle. But you are of good character for 55 years and you have clear medical difficulties including physical and mental health.

"I think you're thinking in doing this was probably distorted by a bi-polar episode. That said it remains a serious offence and you are very close to an immediate custodial sentence.

He was sentenced to 20 months' prison suspended for two years. He was also curfewed from 8pm until 6am and he must stay at his home address.

The Recorder said: "If you break any of this you will be back here. I know you won't let that happen but I must tell you."

Compensation was also granted at £1,000 at a rate of £50 to Mr Hollamby. He was told the first payment must be made by April 13.

Van Der Moyle told the court: "You can be assured it won't happen again."


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