COLOMBO, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- A British man was given a one-year prison sentence with a five-year reprieve by a Sri Lankan court on Thursday for stealing 84 International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup tickets.
Buller Pissero Antonio of Trevodrive Newhall in Manchester was caught by security guards when he attempted to steal the tickets on sale in Colombo.
He was later formally arrested by the police and presented before the Colombo Chief Magistrate.
When produced before court, he pleaded guilty. However due to the fact that he had no prior convictions he was given a one-year prison sentence suspended for five years by Chief Magistrate Rashmi Singapulli.
The ICC T20 World Cup started on Sept. 18 and wound up last weekend with the West Indies lifting the cup.
Tickets were in high demand since Sri Lanka had made it to the finals and several local people were arrested attempting to sell tickets at an inflated price.
A teenager who was arrested had posted sale of tickets on his Facebook page and asked for 14 times the price of a ticket that was originally only 10 U.S. dollars.