Broth­ers used fake £50 notes

The Oban Times - - News -

TWO broth­ers caught pass­ing coun­ter­feit ban­knotes to Oban shop­keep­ers have been fined £ 500 each at Oban Sher­iff Court.

John and Charlie McDon­agh, both 21, pleaded guilty to pass­ing fake Bank of Eng­land £ 50 notes at two Ge­orge Street shops, Fancy That and An­glers’ Corner, on Fe­bru­ary 2.

Hear­ing the men had failed to ap­pear at an ear­lier date, and were on job­seek­ers’ al­lowance, Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son QC said: ‘They don’t work, they don’t turn up to court and they are try­ing to did­dle hon­est shop­keep­ers.’

Eoin McGinty, procu­ra­tor fis­cal, told the court Charlie McDon­agh had bought a £ 5 lighter at Fancy That with a fake £ 50 note, and re­ceived two £20 notes in his change.

At An­glers’ Corner, John McDon­agh had pur­chased sling­shot ammo cost­ing £ 8 with a coun­ter­feit £ 50 note, get­ting back four £10 notes in his change. The shop­keeper then no­ticed some­thing was sus­pi­cious about the note and called the po­lice.

Of­fi­cers traced the men via CCTV. Af­ter ap­proach­ing them on Ge­orge Street, they ran into MacPhee’s So­lic­i­tors. Po­lice later found four fake £10 notes and 11 fake £ 50 dumped in the hall­way of the build­ing.

The court heard the men, who live in Palmers Green, Lon­don, had no con­nec­tion with Oban. Sher­iff An­der­son im­posed on each a £ 500 fine.

‘This sounds to me like a fam­ily busi­ness,’ she said, and urged them to pay the fines so they do not need to ap­pear again. ‘Frankly we will be quite happy if you don’t come back to Oban.’

A war­rant was is­sued for a 17-year- old man liv­ing at a dif­fer­ent ad­dress.

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