South Wales car salesman handed seven-month jail sentence

Time 9:19 am, April 21, 2016

A SOUTH Wales car salesman has been handed a seven-month jail sentence after being found guilty of acting in a violent and threatening manner towards female customers.

Robert Knight, owner of RK Transport Trade Centre Ltd in Cwmbran, was taken to court after multiple women complained about his behaviour. Knight is reported to have been charming and calm when selling a car, but turned violent after customers brought their vehicles back with complaints.

Cardiff Crown Court was told how Knight made no attempt to solve any of the problems that his customers had brought to his attention, instead threatening them.

It is said that Knight sold seven budget vehicles without informing their new owners that some of the vehicles had been previously written off or repaired.

Lee Reynolds, prosecuting, told the court: “Knight would be pleasant and professional – until he achieved a sale.

‘He told one couple they didn’t know what he was capable of and he would burn their house down. He said he would kill them.’

One customer in particular, Shani Carter, had a particularly bad experience. After buying a Renault Megane from Knight without first test-driving it, she noticed that the car suffered multiple problems – including the warning light failing to turn off.

After bringing the fault to Knight’s attention, she was told: ‘I don’t give a f****, it’s not my problem.’

Multiple customers had similar experiences, all of which were brought to the attention of the court.

Knight pleaded guilty to 15 charges of engaging in unfair commercial practice, along with one count of supplying a dangerous product. Knight was already serving a three-year prison sentence after being convicted of actual bodily harm and sexual assault, to which the seven-month sentence will run consecutively.

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