Conman tried to sell water as vodka

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A MAN tried to pass off bottles of water as vodka intending to sell it to the public.

Nicholas Stewart was caught with a spirit bottle filled with water and he admitted he intended passing it off as vodka.

Stewart, 23, of Dickson Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to possessing an article for use in fraud.

He was also found guilty after a trial in his absence of breaching a court order for supervision and curfew, imposed for punching a 70-year-old hotelier and trying to take his wallet after the owner refused to buy two bottles of “vodka” from Stewart because he knew they only contained water.

Stewart was sentenced to a six months tagged curfew from 8pm to 7am and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Adrian Hollamby, prosecuting, said police stopped Stewart in Blackpool town centre on October 1 at 8.45pm.

Stewart had with him a spirits bottle containing water.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client had been going through a stressful time after his girlfriend had given birth to a stillborn baby.

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