Community service for bounced cheque

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A 41-year-old man whose cheque for over £500 ‘bounced’ was given 100 hours’ community service last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

William Robert Brown, Westacres, Craigavon, admitted writing a Bank of Ireland cheque for £580 knowing the account had been closed.

The case had been adjourned from a previous court so that a short sentence report could be obtained.

The court heard that on June 26 last year Brown wrote a cheque for auto parts but it was returned unpaid.

When interviewed Brown said he expected money to be in the account and was not aware it was closed because he did not open correspondence. The account had been closed on February 4, 2104.

A barrister representing Brown said he had lodged money with his solicitor to cover the outstanding amount.

She explained that Brown had been owed money by a man in the south of Ireland and he expected this to be paid into his account.

She added that he had contacted the injured party to say that his cheque would not be honoured but she had already gone to the police.

He had borrowed the money from his mother.

As well as the community service, District Judge Mr Mervyn Bates made a compensation order for £580.