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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 May 2006, 14:47 GMT 15:47 UK
Ebay specs 'still had shop tags'
The items were sold on internet auction site eBay
A County Down man accused of selling stolen goods on auction website eBay may have his bank accounts frozen, the High Court has heard.

Paul Fegan, 39, of Riverside Terrace in Mayobridge, is charged with offences including handling stolen goods.

A prosecution lawyer said 40 pairs of designer spectacle frames stolen in Newry in April ended up being sold on eBay later that month by Mr Fegan.

The bail hearing was adjourned to allow for a decision on his bank accounts.

Designer frames

The prosecution lawyer said 40 pairs of designer frames worth 125 each were stolen from the Specsavers store in Newry's Buttercrane Shopping Centre.

He said that last month, a man who had bought one of the frames in an auction went to a Specsavers store in England, asking for the dummy lens in his glasses to be replaced with prescription lenses.

He told staff he had bought the frames on eBay and they became suspicious when they realised the frames still has the Specsavers label and barcode on them.

It later emerged the glasses had been sold on eBay, complete with a receipt from Mr Fegan.

Home searched

Police then searched his home and found two digital cameras stolen from a primary school in Newry, 725 pairs of shoes still in their boxes and suspected counterfeit DVDs and CDs.

A barrister representing Mr Fegan said his client "buys and sells goods and makes no secret of the fact he trades in various goods", adding he purchases items from markets on both sides of the border.

The prosecution opposed bail on the grounds he would commit further offences, claiming he was involved in "major theft or major fencing for thieves selling items on eBay".

The bail hearing was adjourned until Friday.


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