Fourth man jailed over use of forged concert passes

Paul Cosgrove was given four weeks' jail over the use of forged passes at Ed Sheeran's concerts.
Paul Cosgrove was given four weeks' jail over the use of forged passes at Ed Sheeran's concerts.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

An Australian trader became the fourth man to be given four weeks' jail over the use of forged concert passes at the sold-out Ed Sheeran performances at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last month.

Paul Cosgrove, 56, admitted to abetting Briton Martin Joseph Keane, 60, in a conspiracy to use a forged "Ed Sheeran All Area Access Family and Guests" pass as genuine on Nov 12 at about 7pm.

A second charge of abetment by conspiracy with Briton Luke Simon McKay to use a forged "Divide A-A-A" pass was taken into consideration in sentencing. The case of McKay, 49, is pending.

Tickets to the Nov 11 and 12 concerts cost between $108 and $248 each.

Security checks were conducted at the stadium's entrances to ensure that concertgoers had valid tickets before entering the stadium.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Tow Chew Chi said that some time around October, Cosgrove communicated with Keane regarding the buying and selling of tickets for the Ed Sheeran concert. They subsequently met in Singapore.

While the two of them were at the stadium on Nov 11, Cosgrove told Keane that he could get forged passes to get into the stadium.

Cosgrove left for a while and returned, and handed to Keane a few forged "Ed Sheeran All Area Access Family and Guests" passes.

Keane took four persons into the stadium on two separate occasions, and got them to don the passes. He collected $250 from each concertgoer, and handed the $1,000 to Cosgrove, who split the money equally with him.

Keane was detained by security staff when he tried to take another three people in.

Cosgrove was arrested on Nov 22 at an immigration checkpoint when he tried to go to Johor Baru.

DPP Tow said Cosgrove earned a total of $1,120. Police seized $115 from him .

Cosgrove's lawyer Suang Wijaya had sought two weeks' jail instead of the four weeks the prosecution asked for. He said Cosgrove, who has two children, was remorseful and understood the gravity of the offences.

Keane, together with New Zealanders Scott Fabian Antony Penk, 34, and Michael Stanton Hardgrave, 30, was given four weeks' jail on Nov 28 for using the forged pass with the intention of causing it to be believed that it was issued by AEG Presents Asia, the concert organiser.

Cosgrove could have been jailed for up to four years and/or fined.

Elena Chong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2017, with the headline 'Fourth man jailed over use of forged concert passes'. Print Edition | Subscribe