Fake whisky seller is jailed

Nicholas Stewart has been given a CRASBO after being caught selling fake whiskey laced with urine on the streets of Blackpool.
Nicholas Stewart has been given a CRASBO after being caught selling fake whiskey laced with urine on the streets of Blackpool.
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A conman who sold water laced with urine as whisky at £10 a bottle has now been jailed.

Blackpool magistrates decided to enforce the suspended jail term imposed on 35-year-old Nicholas Stewart at an earlier hearing.

The 16 weeks were imposed after Stewart admitted the fraudulent sale of the fake whisky and also bottles of water sold as vodka. Stewart was also made the subject of a criminal ASBO, known as a CRASBO, which forbids him from selling anything on the streets of Blackpool apart from the Big Issue magazine.

Stewart, of Palatine Road, Blackpool,had the sentence activated when he appeared before court and admitted breaching the terms of a community order.

Magistrates were told he had failed to keep six out of seven appointments given to him by the Probation Service. Chairman of the bench Brian Horrocks told him: “You have a history of not complying with court orders that is why you will now have to serve this sentence.”

Stewart’s lawyer Martin Hillson said: “He is not a well man and has medical issues with his legs.He also lives in a house of multiple occupation where there are difficulties with the mail.”

Stewart was also due to be dealt with for an alleged breach of the peace but after going to the court cells Stewart refused to come back out.