Clitheroe woman sold ex’s car after relationship ended

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A 27-year-old Clitheroe woman sold her ex-boyfriend’s car after their relationship ended.

Blackburn magistrates heard the vehicle ended up going for scrap, and the sale landed Corrine French in further trouble for making a fraudulent insurance claim for a mobile phone she claimed was lost.

The court heard the phone was used to advertise the car and was seized by police investigating that offence.

French, of Black Lane Croft, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and theft of a car.

She was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay a total of £100 in costs.

Miss Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said that French had been in a short relationship with Richard Avery and after they had split up she purported to be the owner of his car and sold it.

Mr Richard Prew (defending) said Mr Avery had been keeping his car outside the defendant’s house and after they split he kept saying he would come and move it.

“My client was annoyed, especially because he owed her £400,” said Mr Prew.

“She actually advertised the car stereo using her phone and someone who came to buy it bought the car as well.”

Police took her mobile phone as part of their investigations, said Mr Prew, adding: “She was left without a phone and decided to claim on the insurance. She reported it as lost although it was in police custody at the time.”