A double killer who was caught with more than £800 of fake £5 notes has been jailed for a further three months.
Stephen Bosanko, 32, is already serving a jail term for commercial burglary but after admitting being in possession of the notes will now serve a further three months behind bars.
The notes, which were photocopied in sheets and cut out using scissors, were found stashed in bushes at Samlesbury Hall after Bosanko, who has previous convictions for manslaughter and death by dangerous driving, was stopped in a car with his friend Francis Finch.
Both men were wanted in relation to theft from gaming machines when they pulled into the grounds of the hall when they realised they were being followed by police.
When officers arrived they saw Bosanko standing nearby, making as if to urinate.
Finch, who was driving, was still in the car. A counterfeit note was found in the door pocket of the car and a search of the area revealed bundles of notes nearby.
Both men were taken to the custody suite at Leyland Police Station where a fake £5 note was found in Finch’s wallet.
Kath Johnson, defending Bosanko, said he had received the notes, many of which had the same serial number and some had white borders where they had not been cut straight, after selling a bike to someone in Blackburn.
He was returning to confront the man when he was stopped travelling between Preston and Blackburn.
She said: “This is not a case when he was apprehended passing or attempting to pass these notes.”
Adrian Williams, defending Finch, said the family man had lost his job and had been associating with the wrong people. He said Finch had been given the note by Bosanko two days earlier but realising it was an unsophisticated copy had put it in his wallet and thought nothing more of it.
Judge Gibson added a further three months to Bosanko’s sentence and handed Finch a two year community order with a two month curfew.
In 1999 Bosanko was sentenced to six years in youth custody for the manslaughter of Sajad Ahmed. He was jailed again for three-and-a-half years in 2003 for causing the death of Nicola Shalloe by dangerous driving