Saturday, 25 April 2015
Woman faces prison for selling fake Glastonbury tickets
Christine Babb, the East Grinstead "con woman" who sold non existent Glastonbury Festival tickets to scores of music fans, is now in custody pending a hearing on May 12th at Exeter Crown Court. On April 14th Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard that Babb's campaign of fraud lasted nearly a year, between August 2013 and July last year. Such was her notoriety, Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis had issued a statement warning: "Nobody called Christine Babb is either employed by Glastonbury Festival or has any tickets to sell for the Festival". She admitted 29 offences of fraud by false representation and the court heard that Babb has previous convictions for 'very similar' scams. For the defence, Jyothi Somavarapu explained in mitigation that her client suffered from borderline personality disorder, Crohn's disease and bulimia. Babb was released on unconditional ahead of sentencing at Isleworth Crown Court on 12 May but now Babb's case has been moved to Devon where one further charge was added. Babb pleaded guilty to a new charge of fraud at Exeter Magistrates Court on April 22nd, just six days after her earlier conviction. She is now in custody awaiting sentencing for all 30 offences at Exeter Crown Court on May 12. The North Devon Journal reported that Babb now lives in popular holiday and surfing spot Croyde, near Braunton in North Devon.