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Ali G trickster may face jail
Ali G
The real Ali G is played by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen
A man who tricked organisers of a carnival into believing he had booked Ali G to appear - when he had in fact booked a look-alike - has been told he could be facing jail.

Tom Sinclair Junior pretended to have a contract confirming the 'In Da House' star would spend all day and evening as a guest at the annual event in Haverfordwest, but had, in fact, booked a look-alike called Dat Ali Gee.

Sinclair's firm, Evolution Events Promotion Ltd (EEP), had become the main carnival sponsors and had hoped to attract 2,000 people to an 8 ticket-only evening disco.

It was an attempt to brazen your way through and to deceive the general public
Mr Recorder Rhys Rowlands

On Friday, the 24-year-old was convicted at Swansea Crown Court of making a false statement and the Judge, Mr Recorder Rhys Rowlands, warned him all sentencing options were open.

Press release

He said it was very serious that Sinclair had forged a contract to convince carnival organiser David Howlet that Ali G would turn up.

The court heard how Mr Howlett, an assistant bank manager, was "delighted and excited" to hear the television star was on his way.

He quickly dashed off a press release announcing the imminent arrival of the "biggest name ever" to attend Haverfordwest carnival.

Ali G, he said, would spend all afternoon riding through town on a float, shake hands, sign autographs and stick around for the evening disco.

Meanwhile, EEP was selling tickets as fast as it could, the court heard.

When Pembrokeshire Trading Standards officers became suspicious Sinclair manufactured a contract with Ali G, who is played by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, and hired a look-alike.

28,000 trial

And when the local authority put a noise limit on the disco EEP cancelled the event before the day.

The judge said it came "as no surprise" to hear that Sinclair, now a law student, had no assets, despite triggering a 28,000 trial.

Mr Recorder Rowlands told Sinclair: "I warn you, this is not going to be taken lightly.

"It was an attempt to brazen your way through and to deceive Mr Howlett and the general public.

"You expected 2,000 people to attend at 8 a ticket.

"You used a deliberately forged document. That is not something the court is going to take lightly."

Sentence was adjourned until 23 January to allow time for the preparation of a report into Sinclair's background.




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