Fake tickets: Briton enters no plea to charge

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am


A British dealer appeared in court yesterday accused of swindling a man out of Euro10,000 (HK$103,000) by selling him 28 sets of fake Rugby Sevens tickets last week.

Christopher Duncan McConville, 24, entered no plea when he appeared before acting Principal Magistrate David Dufton in Eastern Court. McConville, whose lawyer says he is a sports ticket dealer, has been charged with one count of obtaining property by deception.

Prosecutors allege that last Thursday, McConville dishonestly obtained Euro10,000 from Alexander de Sola Torgersen by selling him the 28 sets of tickets, which had a total face value of HK$42,000.

The magistrate read the charge to McConville, who said from the dock that he had understood it.

The Sevens ran from Friday to Sunday and one set of adult tickets which provided entry for the three-day event cost HK$1,500. Tickets to the event, which has gained in popularity over the years, quickly sold out after going on sale on January 14. Visitors complained that they had paid up to HK$3,000 for a single-day ticket that turned out to be fake.

Senior court prosecutor Cindy Wong Tsz-fong asked the magistrate to adjourn the case for three weeks to allow further investigations, including checking the call records of McConville's phone and locating other possible victims.

The magistrate adjourned the case to April 17. McConville was remanded in custody.