A CARMARTHEN man who duped someone into buying £90 of non-existent Bitcoin – and charged extra for postage and packing – has been jailed for fraud.
Appearing from custody at Llanelli Law Courts on Thursday (Apr 12), 25-year-old Joshua Denton pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud by false representation. Denton, of Belvedere Avenue, also admitted breaching a community order imposed last year for stealing his mother’s debit card.
Prosecuting, Sian Vaughan explained that the complainant saw an ad on social media advertising Bitcoin for sale, and attempted to purchase £90 worth for his brother. In addition, he was charged £6 postage and packing for the digital currency.
When this was not forthcoming, he contacted the police, and Denton was arrested.
Mitigating, Laura Sherwood explained that Denton had not actually spent any money from the debit card he stole last year, but had taken it following a row about money.
She added that Denton, who breached his community order by failing to attend supervised sessions, had said that he was unwilling to continue with the order.
“It is not my usual position to recommend a custodial sentence, but that is what he has asked,” she remarked.
The Chair of the Bench asked whether Denton was aware that even if he chose to go to prison he would still have to engage with the probation service on release, and was told that he was.
Magistrates revoked Denton’s community order and sentenced him to two months imprisonment.
He was sentenced to an additional two months for the fraud, with both sentences to run consecutively, and ordered to pay £96 compensation and a £115 victim surcharge.
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THE HERO of London Bridge who was stabbed nine times as he fought off three terrorists armed with just a police baton has called on Carmarthen people to nominate an unsung hero of their own.
And British Transport Police Officer Wayne Marques said bravery and courage should be recognised because it is inspiring and encouraging to others.
He said: “Every tragedy has a silver lining and it is up to us to make sure that silver shines.”
Wayne, 39, who won the Against All Odds category in last year’s global hearing specialists Amplifon’s Brave Britons awards, was on patrol in the area of London Bridge Station when he heard screams on the evening of June 3 last year and then he saw people being stabbed in Borough High Street near the junction with London Bridge Street.
He charged at one of the terrorists lashing out with his baton. But soon he was being attacked by all three terrorists one stabbing him above his right eye which cause him to go temporarily blind in the eye.
More than 12 months on and Wayne still travels from his South London home to Harrogate, Yorkshire, where he receives rehabilitation treatment.
Seven people died in the attack and many more were badly injured.
Now Wayne is calling on people who know of acts of courage or bravery to nominate them for this year’s Amplifon – who have a store in Merlins Walk Shopping Centre, Carmarthen – Brave Briton awards.
He said: “I first felt surprised and then humble when I was nominated by a person I didn’t even know. The fact they had taken their time to fill in a form and nominate me made me feel very honoured. It would have been wrong for me to respond in any other way.”
Wayne added: “We need more people honoured in the way I was because there are a lot of people out there who go beyond what is expected of them for the sake of others.
“Even uniformed services personnel who do a job where they are expected to sometimes face danger go beyond that expectation and react to the highest magnitude.
“To nominate others and put them in the limelight is so inspiring and encouraging to others in their communities and around the country.
“Through adversity we as a nation tend to pull together. How we rally together makes this country great.”
There are six categories in the Amplifon Brave Britons awards: Against All Odds, Young Hero, Service To Their Country, Active Agers, Hero Pet, and Charity Champion.
Anyone who wishes to nominate a hero in any of the categories should visit http://www.amplifon.com
Finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony to be held at the Army and Navy Club, Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday, October 16.
A panel of judges including Falklands hero Simon Weston will also choose an overall Hero from the category winners who will win a trip to Italy.
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