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A conman has been spared prison because he is too fat.

Jail staff would have problems looking after 28-stone Barry Beardall – including getting him out of bed, the judge said.

Judge Peter Henry said because of the 74-year-old’s size and ill-health, he needed carers to help him out of bed and give him medication.

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Looking at the crime I can't see that anyone would actually go to prison for it.

£2.6k, pleads guilty, and is paying it back.

The judge is just rambling with those remarks.

The actual headline should be:

"Minor fraudster receives fine and suspended sentence"




Prosecutor Graham Gilbert said the conman’s victim, John Ryan, had invested in shares through a Dubai-based company in 2016.

He was subsequently told the firm was in trouble and he should transfer his money out – and at least £2,360 went into Beardall’s account.

Beardall, of Ringwood, Hampshire, initially said he was unaware of the fraud. 

But in court this week he pleaded guilty and was given a 12-month prison term suspended for two years.

He was told to pay Mr Ryan £2,500 in compensation.



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1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

and at least £2,360 went into Beardall’s account


Good to see forensic minds pursuing Mr Big. Actually, I am glad he has been prosecuted and the victim has partial redress, but there are loads of ways to lose that level of money without the criminal justice system stepping in...neighbour moves fence slighty, car damaged in accident, feckless wife of two years leaves you. But all the while we are passing gated houses with industrial CCTV cameras, or passing blacked out Range Rovers and thinking that looks a bit suspicious. And then there's all the money laundering going on through the London property market. And nairy a word.

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