A STUDENT used fake names and credit cards to buy a horse’s saddle then tried to flog it online, a court heard.
Clayton Musipa, 21, placed an order from Murphy’s Saddlery in Weston Super Mare for the £2,241 item using a card in the name of Mark Foster, in February last year.
Using the alias, he said the saddle was for his sister – a Helen Foster – and ordered it to be delivered to her address in Barnsley. The package was left with a neighbour and collected by Musipa.
The saddle firm raised the alarm after realising the payment had been made on a cloned card, at which point the saddle had been put up for sale on online auction site eBay using the name ‘Tyrone’ and another specialist website with a starting price of £1,800.
Musipa, in his final year of study for a degree at Huddersfield University, was arrested
Louise Gallagher, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said: “He claimed he had no part in ordering the saddle and had simply returned home and found the delivery, opened it because he was curious about what was in the box, then researched the item on the internet to see how much it could be sold for.
“When asked why he no longer had the saddle in his possession, he said a man had come to collect it.”
Musipa, of Longman Road, Honeywell, Barnsley, had admitted theft at Barnsley Magistrates Court and appeared in Sheffield for sentence.
Judith Seaborne, defending, said: “He accepts this was a stupid error.”
Musipa committed the offences while subject of a suspended prison sentence for possession of drugs with intent to supply.
He was given an 18-month community order with 12 months supervision and 50 hours’ community service.
Judge Graham Hyland QC said: “If you show your face in this court ever again you will immediately be deprived of your liberty.”