Teenager jailed for using fake £20 notes

A TEENAGER has been jailed for eight months after passing on forged £20 notes in a fish and chip shop.

Sean Jarman, 18, who is already serving a 12-month sentence for robbery, has appeared at Hastings Magistrates Court.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of tendering a counterfeit note, one of being in possession of a counterfeit note and a further charge of criminal damage.

Jarman, of St Matthews Gardens, St Leonards, tried to pass off the notes in March.

Jeremy King, prosecuting, said: “He went into the USA Fried Chicken shop in Sea Road, Bexhill, and used a £20 note to buy chips which cost £1.20.

He then returned to the shop and used another note to buy a can of drink, which also cost £1.20 and the manager became suspicious, realising the note was a forgery.

“When he was challenged he swore at the manager and left the shop and slamming the door so hard it cracked the glass causing £200 damage.

“When he was arrested soon after, police found another note in his possession.

“The notes were sent to a Bank of England expert who confirmed they were counterfeit.”

Aiden Harvey, defending, said: “A friend gave him the notes and he had no reason to believe they were fake.”