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Ferryhill man denies knowing notes used to buy second-hand tv set from woman in Consett were fake
A WOMAN became suspicious over the quality of notes passed in payment for a television set she sold to a caller at her home, a court heard.
Kelly Greener suspected being short changed by £20 on the agreed £190 transaction for a 42in flat screen LED set sold to Gavin Harker, at her home in Bridgehill, Consett.
Durham Crown Court heard that Mr Harker went there after texting her, on the evening of February 8, having seen an online advert for the set.
Miss Greener said when the sale was agreed the set was carried to Mr Harker’s BMW car, before he counted out the money and gave it to her partner, John.
Giving evidence, Miss Greener said she thought Mr Harker miscounted by £20, and confirmed her suspicions when her partner handed her the rolled up notes, as the ‘buyer’ drove away with the television.
But she said she soon also suspected the notes were fake and contacted police.
Miss Greener told the court the notes felt “waxy”, and on closer examination the watermark appeared to have been added, “with a Tipex pen”, while the Queen’s head was blurred on all the notes.
Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said all nine £20 notes proved to be counterfeit, as were a further 14 found by police in a box in a bedroom drawer at Mr Harker’s home in a search three days later.
Questioned by police he denied knowing the money was “dodgy”, saying he received it in cash payment for a motor bike he sold for £480 a week-and-a-half earlier.
Mr Harker, 27, of Highcliffe Terrace, Ferryhill, County Durham, denies tending and possessing counterfeit currency.
The trial resumes tomorrow (Tuesday September 17).