Squatter tried to sell Peebleshire house for £70k

A squatter tried to sell a Peebleshire home he didn't own for £70,000.

Full Report: Squatter tried to sell Peebleshire house

A squatter who tried to sell the cottage he was living in has avoided a jail sentence.

Ewan Turner attempted to claim £70,000 from selling the property in Walkerburn in the Scottish Borders.

The 36-year-old even spent thousands of pounds doing up the property, but was caught when the owner discovered it was for sale. Police have described his crimes as very 'rare'.

You can watch the full report from our Borders reporter Jenny Longden below.

"Deceitful" squatter sentenced for trying to sell a cottage that was not his

Ewan Turner leaving court Credit: ITV Border

A squatter who tried to sell a cottage that did not belong to him has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service.

Ewan Turner was described in a report read out at Selkirk Sheriff court today as having "an anti-social and narcissistic personality, he is deceitful and likes conning people for pleasure" through "grandiose schemes".

Between March and May 2011, Turner put Kirnie Cottage in Walkerburn on the market.

It had lain empty for some time, and the owner of the property had recently passed away.

Mr Turner's scheme to sell the cottage was revealed when a woman who was bequeathed it found a For Sale sign at the cottage.

'Kirnie Cottage', which Ewan Turner tried to sell for £70,000 Credit: ITV Border

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Plan to sell house was "always doomed for failure"

Referring to Mr Turner's plan to sell the house, his lawyer told Selkirk Sheriff Court that it was "always doomed for failure".

""The moment he contacted any solicitor in respect of an offer, it would be discovered the property would not be in his name.

"When an offer was made he took the property off the market and tried to let it out instead."

– Greg McDonnel, Mr Turner's lawyer

Squatter tried to sell cottage after owner's death

Kirnie Cottage, Walkerburn, Peeblesshire, which Ewan Turner tried to sell for £70k Credit: Borders Press Agency

A squatter tried to sell the cottage he living in for £70,000, despite not owning the property.

Ewan Turner moved into Kirnie Cottage, Walkerburn, Peebleshire, after noticing it was empty.

Mr Turner, 36, tried to market the two bedroomed property after the owner's death in 2011.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told the court that Mr Turner had been squatting in the property for nine months when he decided to try and sell it.

Mr Turner, from Abbotsford Road, Galashiels, claimed he had spent £8,000 on making the property 'liveable' after he found it lying derelict.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of pretending to be the owner of the cottage between March and May in 2011 and attempting to induce someone to sell it on his behalf and get the proceeds by fraud.

Sentence has been deferred until 17th December for background reports.