Man given suspended jail sentence for Downham Market frauds

Dean Burtenshaw, seen here before an earlier court appearance
Dean Burtenshaw, seen here before an earlier court appearance

A man has been given a suspended jail sentence today after he admitted defrauding would-be sponsors - for a second time.

Dean Burtenshaw, 31, formerly of Hall Farm Cottages, Marham, had pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud at a hearing before Lynn magistrates in December.

But he subsequently vacated that plea, and sought fresh legal advice.

He returned to court in Lynn today, where he was sentenced to a total of 18 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty for a second time.

The offences related to incidents in July, August and September of last year in Downham.

Court papers said he made false representations to three women, claiming they had agreed to sponsor him in respect of a sponsored run, a charity bike ride and another unspecified event, in order to gain their cash for himself.

Burtenshaw, who gave an address in Finchley, North London, was sentenced to six weeks in jail, suspended for 18 months, on each charge. The sentences were imposed to run consecutively.

He was also told to pay a total of £165 in compensation to his victims, plus a £140 victim surcharge.