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Douglas man had neighbour's van scrapped

Sixty-year-old admits fraud by false representation

A court’s heard a Douglas man had his neighbour’s van scrapped and collected the money.


Sixty-year-old Graham Peter Skillicorn of Cushag Road appeared before magistrates at Douglas Courthouse.


He pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by false representation on 9 August.


Prosecution advocate Roger Kane told the court Skillicorn’s neighbour had parked the Nissan outside his home, where it had been left for some time.


Skillicorn contacted a scrap metal company in Ramsey, claiming to be the van’s owner and saying he wanted it towed away.


When staff arrived to remove the vehicle, he met with them and accepted £60 for it – when its real owner noticed it had gone, he desperately tried to find out if the Department of Infrastructure had removed it.


When the truth emerged he called police, but after Skillicorn was arrested, he refused to answer any questions during interview.


Magistrates adjourned the case while pre-sentencing reports are prepared and granted bail to Skillicorn, who’ll next appear in court on 26 November.

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