A LLANDYSUL man who falsely claimed his rally car had been stolen has avoided a prison sentence.

Llyr Jones, 34, claimed his Ford Escort MK2 car had been stolen from his home address in Drefach Felindre between Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 last year.

Jones reported the car as stolen, and an public appeal for information was launched by the police.

The car was found on the morning of Sunday, October 9 in an area of forestry by the windmills at the top of Newcastle Emlyn.

Tivyside Advertiser: The car was found in woodland stripped down to the frame.The car was found in woodland stripped down to the frame. (Image: Llyr Jones)

Jones was found to have dishonestly reported the car as missing with the intent of making a claim of the insurance of £49,000.

At Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on May 18, Jones admitted a charge of fraud by false representation.

He was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Tuesday, June 27.

Jones was handed a 16-month sentence, suspended for two years, and he must complete 200 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £420 in costs.