Clubs 'duped over prized rugby tickets': Advert promised pounds 125 per seat, court told
Thursday 16 June 1994
Geoffrey Craig netted more than pounds 10,000, it was alleged. He was arrested after angry fans complained to police, who traced him to an address in the City of London last March. Among the alleged victims were two Welsh rugby clubs that believed they were raising funding by selling their ticket allocation.
Mr Craig, 30, of Fulham, south- west London, denies 10 charges of obtaining property and services by deception in January last year.
It is alleged that, using a false name, he rented offices and took out advertisements in regional newspapers offering up to five times the face value for 20 tickets for the Twickenham internationals in February last year.
Tom Kark, for the prosecution, told Southwark Crown Court: 'Mr Craig called himself Geoff Castle. His business was an old- fashioned fly-by-night operation. Mr Craig tricked as many people as he could in as short a time as he could and got a lot of money out of it before disappearing . . .'
Mr Kark said that the advertisements, which were never paid for, offered up to pounds 125 for the international tickets, which are 'generally hard to come by and are issued at a certain face value, in the region of pounds 20, but are immediately worth very much more than that'.
William Harris, secretary for 47 years of the Llandeilo Rugby Club, handed over 50 tickets for the promise of pounds 5,000. Mr Kark said: 'In January he saw an ad in the Western Mail and telephoned a Mr Castle and agreed a price of pounds 5,000. Neither Mr Harris nor Mr Castle appeared to trust one another because Mr Harris didn't want to part with his tickets before he got a cheque, and Mr Castle didn't want to part with the cheque before he got the tickets.'
Mr Harris's son, who lived in London, went to Mr Craig's office in Docklands to make the exchange, but ended up handing over the tickets for a letter promising a pounds 5,000 cheque in the mail.
An official from a Carmarthen rugby club also handed over 20 tickets for the promise of pounds 2,500, but again no money was paid.
Mr Kark said Mr Craig had hoped to cash in on the corporate hospitality market by selling the tickets to an agency.
The trial continues today.
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 4 Amy Schumer: 'I'm 160lbs and can catch a d**k any time I want'
- 5 Isis executes three gay men by dangling them from top of 100ft building and letting go
Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who left house after argument with her parents
School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
Amy Schumer: 'I'm 160lbs and can catch a d**k any time I want'
Isis executes three gay men by dangling them from top of 100ft building and letting go
Alton Towers crash: Four guests seriously injured as Smiler ride carriages collide
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
£40000 - £47000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A 3rd Line Virtualisation / Sto...
£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A successful national service f...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£17500 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We currently require an experie...