Brothers in court over iphone bag switch scam

Burnley Magistartes Court.
Burnley Magistartes Court.

Two brothers who conned a Nelson man out of £320 in a fraudulent deal have been given community orders.

Pennine magistrates heard how Martin Stephen Collins (25) and Richard Collins (21), both of Audley Range, Blackburn, had agreed the sale of two iphones and an ipad to Liam O’Callaghan in Nelson in December last year.

The pair struck up a conversation with Mr O’Callaghan in Nelson and showed him the goods in a boot bag before agreeing the sale – but when the transaction was carried out, the bag had been switched for one containing sugar and catalogues, Mr Andrew Robinson (prosecuting) told the court.

They were apprehended in Nelson the next week and were found to have two bags, one containing the electrical equipment and the other sugar.

Miss Rachel Griffiths (defending) said both men were of previous good character and had committed the offences in the run-up to Christmas as they were unemployed at the time and wanted to buy presents.

The offences lacked planning and lacked sophistication, she said.

Both men were ordered to pay compensation, costs and victim surcharges totalling £260.