Doncaster woman duped mum expecting twins

Lancaster Magistrates Court.
Lancaster Magistrates Court.

A woman expecting twins was left without a double buggy when a Doncaster mother tricked her into a fake eBay transaction.

Lisa Owen, aged 41, of Lobelia Crescent, Kirk Sandall, sold the pram for £220 on the online auction site but she had no intention of sending it to the buyer, Doncaster magistrates were told.

Owen, a single mother-of-two, admitted the offence of fraud by false representation, committed just before last Christmas.

Joanne Lewis-Crookes, prosecuting, said the complainant paid funds into an online account but never received the item and after correspondence about it she told police.

Owen accepted she had no intention of selling it and she had been short of money at Christmas.

Ms Lewis-Crookes said the buyer, who was pregnant with twins at the time, agreed to restorative justice but Owen did not repay the money as she had agreed to, so she was prosecuted.

Defence solicitor Jason Newall said Owen’s former partner had ‘accrued significant debts’ when he was out of work and she was in a desperate position.

He had since found out about the offence and their relationship had ended two months ago, leaving her on Income Support with children aged two and three.

Owen was conditionally discharged for a year and ordered to pay £220 compensation, £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.