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Rogue builder conned man out of life savings

PUBLISHED: 17:28 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:12 25 August 2010

A BOGUS builder has been jailed after fleecing a pensioner out of more than £21,000 of his life savings, for work that didn t need doing.

A BOGUS builder has been jailed after fleecing a pensioner out of more than £21,000 of his life savings, for work that didn't need doing.

Patrick Joseph Carty, 22, of Trewint Street, Wandsworth, was jailed for five years, at Woolwich Crown Court last Monday after pleading guilty to fraud and actual bodily harm against two police officers.

The Irish builder, who often used the name John Tierley, approached the 77-year-old pensioner, from Greenwich, and persuaded him to have work done that he did not need.

He painted red bricks black and said this would sort out his damp problem.

It was only when a Barclays bank employee noticed the large amounts of money being withdrawn by the elderly victim, that the police were alerted.

Already Carty had received £21,000 towards his £51,000 request.

When two officers went round to Carty's house, on April 26, he assaulted them.

He was also charged with breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) resulting from fraud, which barred him from carrying out casual building work.

There will be a confiscation hearing at Woolwich Crown Court on December 10.

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