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Door-to-door pedlar who pressurised Portadown residents into buying rugs fined £1,250

Defence said his client was unaware he required a certificate to trade and denied any aggressive commercial practice

Craigavon Magistrates Court

A man who pressurised Portadown residents into buying rugs which he was selling door to door has been ordered to pay a fine of £1,250.

The 27-year-old’s barrister told court: “He wasn’t aware of the rules and laws in this jurisdiction and accepts the offences.”

Daniel Sheridan, of Roches Road in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, pleaded guilty to five counts of acting as a pedlar without a certificate and three counts of engaging in aggressive commercial practice at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Prosecution outlined that on July 29, police received reports of a male matching this defendant’s description attending two properties on Bridge Street, Portadown.

The defendant was attempting to sell rugs to the occupants but both refused.

At 4pm there was a further similar report. On this occasion the occupant purchased one rug for £230 after feeling pressurised to do so.

Sheridan attempted to get the injured party to purchase another rug, which he reduced from a price of £800 to £100, but this time they refused.

At 6.30pm, police located the defendant on the Dungannon Road and he was subsequently arrested before being conveyed to Lurgan Custody Suite.

There were a further two reports made in which the injured parties had been pressurised into buying rugs from Sheridan.

During interview, the defendant stated he was unaware that he required a certificate to trade and denied any aggressive commercial practice.

Defence barrister John McCann said: “He was in Portadown selling rugs door to door. He wasn’t aware of the rules and laws in this jurisdiction and accepts the offences.”

Sheridan was ordered to pay a fine of £1,250 for the offences before the court.

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