Grantham court: Man who spent fake currency spared prison

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A man who spent fake money in Grantham stores narrowly avoided being sent to prison.

Kieran Marston of Harrowby Road in Grantham spent counterfeit £20 notes at four different stores within a 90-minute period on October 23 of last year.

Marston admitted using the forged currency at the Shell garage in Bridge End Road, Grantham, Hari Stores, also in Bridge End Road, Elite Fish and Chips of Grantham Road, Sleaford and Superdrug in Southgate, Sleaford.

Marston was caught still in possession of his fifth and final £20 note at the Spar shop in Grantham Road, Sleaford.

He admitted four charges of tendering counterfeit currency, one of being in custody of a counterfeit note and one of being in possession of cannabis.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said: “In interview he said he was approached by an unknown male in a pub who asked if he wanted to buy some £20 notes. He bought £100 worth for £50.”

Stuart Wild, defending, said: “He knew they were counterfeit but he had been drinking.

Having been warned by magistrates they were considering custody, Mr Wild said: “A prison sentence, in his words, absolutely petrifies him.”

Magistrates sentenced Marston to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He must also complete 150 hours’ work in the community and pay compensation of £80, as well as costs of £85 and an £80 surcharge.