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Computer whizz duped fans out of €4,000 in fake Script tickets scam

CourtsBy Shuki Byrne
The eager punters arrived at the Script concert in Croke Park but were turned away
The eager punters arrived at the Script concert in Croke Park but were turned away

A computer whizz conned a number of Script fans out of €4,000 after forging several fake tickets to their sold-out concert in Dublin.

Dublin District Court heard James Carpenter (24) produced fake tickets by copying a genuine one and then sold them to unsuspecting punters on O'Connell Street in the capital. 

The eager punters arrived at the concert at Dublin's Croke Park but were turned away when they presented the fake tickets at the gate. 

Speaking in court yesterday, Judge Anthony Halpin said he could imagine the "disappointment on the faces" of those who had been duped into buying the fake tickets. 

The court heard 24-year-old had bought a ticket from a friend and "made duplicates" of it before advertising them online. 

Carpenter, of Irish Street, Ardee, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to seven counts of deception at O'Connell Street. He was arrested after Gardai executed a search warrant at his residence in Ardee. 

"He sold numerous duplicate copies of the ticket - he sold them to people and they accepted them," the prosecuting garda said.

The court heard Carpenter had been in a relationship for five years, but it ended and he subsequently suffered from depression.

"He saw an opportunity to make some money and he made a foolish choice," Carpenter's solicitor said.

"You can imagine the disappointment on the faces of these young people who turned up at this concert of The Script, having saved their pocket money, and then they are not allowed in," the judge said.

He adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report at Dublin District Court

The young man's solicitor told the judge the concertgoers had gotten their money back following the scam.