Rogue Tipton roofers conned pensioner out of £1k
A rogue roofer who tricked an 81-year-old out of £1,000 has been locked up for 20 months.
Stuart Humphrey and Patrick Collins called at the pensioner's home in Bowstoke Road, Hamstead, where she lived alone the day before a firm was booked to repair a hole in the roof.
They insisted this was coincidence rather than deliberate targeting of the victim but still told her they were there to do the work, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Humphrey, 46, who had 38 previous convictions, climbed up a ladder but made no repairs, despite coming down clutching a broken tile.
“This was shown to the woman and was the only work she saw them doing,” said Miss Naomi Nelson-Cofie, prosecuting
Thirty-five minutes after arriving the fraudsters left with £1,000 cash taken from the victim and left a hand written receipt alleging they had repaired, sealed and cleaned the roof on May 2 last year.
A friend of the victim called by soon after to find water still leaking into the kitchen.
The woman told police: “I have experienced a lot in my life but was still shocked by what they did to me. I was really mad because I have worked really hard for all I have.”
CCTV filmed the visit and police recognised both offenders.
Collins’ fingerprint was found on the receipt. He had previous convictions for theft and shoplifting.
Humphrey was fighting a drug addiction, said Mr Oliver Woolhouse, defending, who added: “He carried out some extremely shoddy work in a short space of time and Collins took a substantial payment for him.”
Mr Gurdeep Garcha, representing Collins, said custody would have a ‘catastrophic effect’ on the teenager’s future.
Humphrey from New Street, Tipton and Collins of High Street, Tipton both admitted fraud.
Judge James Burbidge jailed Humphrey while Collins was a given seven-and-a-half month detention suspended for two years and told to pay £500 compensation to the victim.