Showjumper Michael Kearins brought shame to Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) and Showjumping Ireland (SJI) by being found criminally guilty of Deception in the "Bait and Switch" tactics he used to extort a wealthy businessman and put his daughter at risk by an Irish Court in June 2019, some 7 years after the initial criminal complaint was filed and the police tried to make contact with him.
Michael Kearins, who is active in the buying and selling of Showjumping ponies and horses baited this overseas family into purchasing what he purported to be a very talented showjumping pony only to switch the showjumping pony trialled and shown to the family by sending a different, inferior and totally unsuitable pony (yet all but identical in colour formation and size - see Press Articles) to that bought and shown.
The pony sent by Michael Kearins had been sold by its previous owner, (an owner Michael Kearins could not remember either his name or where he was from when questioned in court) due to its unsuitable nature resulting in the then owners daughter incurring a recent collar bone break due to behaviour of the pony Michael Kearins purchased and immediately sent unseen to the family in Majorca, Spain. The owner of that pony a Mr. Brian Roche was appalled with Kearins antics to secure the pony from him at that time (2002). Thereafter Michael Kearins ignored all communication and requests to rectify and or address his deception or contact the police despite numerous visits by the police to his parents home. He ignored all emails from the deceived buyer even when the pony was shipped and returned to Kearins or to return the monies paid and costs incurred by the purchaser (total transaction value of Euro 20,000 + costs).
On sentencing Michael Kearins in Sligo District Court in early December 2019, Judge Francis Comerford said: "one of the most unpleasant aspects of the case was Kearins’ claim to the Jury and the Court, which he now accepts was untrue, was that the complainant’s wife agreed to accept a different pony to the one her husband had agreed to buy".
Even after Michael Kearins deception, switching of pony bought to a pony unseen and unsuitable and much inferior and his avoidance to reply or address matters with the family or the police for some 7 years, Michael Kearins continued to lie to the jury and the court in his deceitful attempt to discredit both the complainant and his wife. This was his final effort to deceive the jury and avoid justice and get away with his crime. He is now a convicted criminal and his behaviour and dealings are public.
Micheal Kearins convicted criminal in relation to deception by switching horse sold.
Xalapa, Ver., October 9, 2021
The horsemen Irishmen Michael and Niall Kearins, who are competing in these weeks in the Coapexpan equestrian tournament in Xalapa, were denounced with the accusation of fraud for the sale of show jumping horses with irreversible lesions, simulated with healthy equine medical diagnosis, Michael was also subject to trial in the US in 2019 for a possession of a stolen car (see below) , and in Ireland for having defrauded a woman selling a pony for 20,000 Euros. In Mexico they have committed an additional fraud: the sold a mare for 1,7 million Pesos with fake medical documents and x-rays. After a review from the buyer's veterinarian, it was found that said mare had an injured leg from porrace. Since they have refused to reach an agreement and return the money or exchange the equine for a healthy one, the Irish are facing another trial for fraud.
According to the version of contestants in the Coapexpan tournament, owned by the Chedraui family, the Kearins brothers have cheated others in various riding clubs where they have been hosting their horses. They have even eluded the Mexican Federation when it was discovered that specimen had entered the Country without sanity tests., and managed concealing the horses' documents to avoid penalization.
Kearins caught again after competing and representing himself as an Irish Competitor in Calais, Mexico
Mugshot of Michael Kearins also arrested in possession of a stolen motor vehicle, Jul 26 2019.
Below the links to his social media:
Michael Kearins avoided the Irish police for nearly 5 years!
"Det Scanlon told the jury that he visited the home of Mr Kearins’ parents after receiving the complaint and was given a foreign telephone number for the accused but could not get a reply.
Asked why it had taken him until June 2nd, 2017 to arrest Mr Kearins, Det Scanlon replied: “It took me that length to get him”.
Further arrests at this time suggest Kearins was in possession of stolen car.