Jail for Darlington man who faked assault to con strangers into parting with cash (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Jail for Darlington man who faked assault to con strangers into parting with cash
6:04pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A MAN who pretended to have been assaulted and robbed to con strangers into giving him money has been jailed for 18 weeks.
Andrew Lawson, of Ridgewood Close, Darlington, approached several strangers in the town last week with blood on his face claiming to have been assaulted and in need of money to get home on a bus.
Vicki Wilson, prosecuting at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court said 33-year-old Lawson had only been released from prison on October 7 for similar offences and within days was breaking the law again.
Unemployed Lawson admitted two charges of fraud and asked for another case to be taken into consideration when he appeared at court today (Monday, October 14).
Michael Clarke, mitigating, told the court Lawson’s mother had a restraining order imposed on him preventing him from seeing her which had left him homeless.
“It is an extremely sad case in the sense that Mr Lawson is someone who has had a lot of problems for a long long time,” he said.
“These offences are begging, they obviously are not fraud but they are quite simply him asking people for money as he finds himself in a homeless state.”
However Mr Clarke said Lawson and his mother have been in contact again and, as she has been helping him find accommodation, he wanted to find a way to repay her.
Magistrates sentenced Lawson to 18 weeks in custody.