‘Suspicious behaviour’ led to police finding cash under bin

Must archive'Preston Crown Court in Preston city centre / view
Must archive'Preston Crown Court in Preston city centre / view
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The suspicious behaviour of a man in Blackpool led to hundreds of pounds of ‘dirty money’ being discovered under a bin.

The bundle of £1,550 turned out to be criminal property.

Jordan Kiernan-Mather knew it was from dishonest activity, but didn’t know exactly where it was from, a court heard.

It seemed he had been making a ‘drop off’.

The 21-year-old, of Vanburgh Crescent, Anfield, Liverpool, had pleaded guilty to a charge of concealing or converting criminal property.

Preston Crown Court was told he came to the attention of the police on January 20 last year.

Alison Heyworth, prosecuting, said the defendant was seen hiding behind a parked car as police drove past on 

He was seen to run into a back street, climb over a gate and discard a mobile phone.

His suspicious activity caused police to chase him. Kiernan-Mather was detained while trying to hide behind an industrial-sized bin.

Underneath the bin was a bundle of bank notes. The defendant, who was arrested at the scene, claimed to have found the cash there.

A second mobile phone was seized from him.

The offence took place while he was on licence from a four-year youth custody term, passed at Liverpool Crown court for offences including attempted robbery and having an imitation firearm.

Kenneth Heckle, defending, said his client knew that the money was dishonest and criminal.

“He didn’t apply his mind to exactly what it was or where it was from,” he added.

Kiernan-Mather was given six months prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision and 120 hours unpaid work.