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Colwyn Bay conman jailed over Uefa Cup final tickets

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There had been fierce competition for match tickets

A conman who tricked Scottish football fans into paying him for non-existent Uefa Cup final tickets has been jailed.

Daniel Jones, 25, originally from Colwyn Bay, Conwy, in north Wales, but now of no fixed address, was sent to prison for four months for the fraud.

Paisley Sheriff Court was told it was the second time Jones had committed an offence of this type.

Last year he was given a 20-month term after police tracked him down when he disappeared after an earlier hearing.

Sheriff Derek Livingstone was told Jones had offered to supply seven tickets to Kenneth Hamilton for £40 each, when they met at Normandy Hotel in Renfrew in May 2008.

Mr Hamilton handed over £280 in "good faith" but did not receive tickets for the fixture.

'Gambling addiction'

Later Jones disappeared after a court appearance in Paisley, but was given a 20-month prison sentence for similar activity when he was tracked down and arrested.

A defence agent said her client had been motivated by a gambling addiction which had led to him to become shunned by members of his family.

Mr Livingstone told him he had committed an "unpleasant" offence.

He added: "Not only did you defraud people but you provided them with hope that they might have what could probably be a one-off chance to attend a Uefa Cup final.

"It is in judicial knowledge that it is unlikely that Rangers will be playing in any European finals for the next 30 years," he added.

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