Man gets suspended sentence for passing fake money in Porthcawl

Monday, 17 September 2018

– Crime

by AJ SiclunaGEM Court Reporter

A construction worker who was involved in using and possessing counterfeit £20 notes at a Trecco Bay caravan site, has been jailed for eight months, the sentence suspended for two years at Cardiff Crown Court.

When confronted with what he had done, 22-year-old Connor Bray immediately expressed regret and said his behaviour had been stupid, said prosecutor Nicolas Strobel.

Bray, of Commercial Street, Nantymoel, admitted passing counterfeit currency and having custody of 39 counterfeit £20 notes.

Mr Strobel said that about 10pm on March 11, community support officers at the Trecco Bay site were informed that counterfeit £20 notes were being used.

They went to a caravan where Bray was staying and he denied knowing anything about them.

But he was arrested and during a search, 39 fake £20 notes were found in a sports bag.

When interviewed, he made a full and frank confession, saying he had obtained the currency from an acquaintance. He added that he had been in financial difficulty.

Judge Neil Bidder asked to see the notes and was told they were not available. He said they should have been so that he could assess the quality of them.

Christopher Rees, for Bray, said: “He was cooperative to the extent that he named the supplier. That demonstrates that save for what he did, he was honest.

“There are other criminals further down the chain.”

Mr Rees said references spoke of Bray in the highest terms. “He comes from a decent, hardworking family and he won’t trouble the court again.”

He pointed out that he was about to become a father and any

custody would involve obvious financial consequences.

In addition, Bray was ordered to observe a three-month curfew from 8pm to 6am and to carry out 240 hours unpaid work.

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