Teenager sentenced for defrauding Brighton and Hove phone shops

Posted On 18 Aug 2014 at 9:27 am

A teenager has been given a suspended prison sentence by magistrates for conning mobile phones out of two shops in Brighton and Hove.

James Trodd, 19, of Kingsland Close, Shoreham, also defrauded a building society after presenting a cashier with a signed standing order in the name of a relative.

Trodd was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison suspended for a year and ordered to live under curfew and with an electronic tag at an address in Portslade.

While staying at the address in Beaconsfield Road, he is expected to start 200 hours of voluntary work, to be completed within a year.

He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation each to the two Vodafone stores – in George Street, Hove and Churchill Square, Brighton.

Trodd admitted the offences which he committed at the end of April and the start of May.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court he was told that the suspended prison sentence was being passed because of the number and seriousness of the offences.

He had also committed a breach of trust by using a relative to try to defraud Nationwide and the Vodafone shops.

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