Binman Benji wins the day in offbeat court drama - 2002-03-20

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F345.png Binman Benji wins the day in offbeat court drama March 20, 2002, Jamie Wilson, Guardian

Benji "the Binman" Pell yesterday won a high court action against a businessman who duped him into handing over thousands of pounds to make a Hollywood blockbuster of his life story, despite being condemned by the judge for attempting to pass himself off as "an absolute nutter".

Mr Pell, who has made a living by scavenging through the rubbish bins of the rich and famous and selling their private papers to newspapers, won back £77,000 from John Mappin, whom he had sued for fraudulent misrepresentation.

During the hearing, the court was told Mr Mappin had promised to introduce Mr Pell to some of the biggest names in Hollywood, and demanded the money to pay for the travel costs and expenses of an American "filmmaker" who had helped shape the career of John Travolta.

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