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Arrest warrant for rogue builder.

A WARRANT for the arrest of a rogue builder was issued yesterday after he failed to turn up at court.

John Leslie Davies, 65, of Pant Gwyn, Waunfawr near Caernarfon, had admitted a string of frauds including fleecing one elderly lady of more than pounds 90,000. He was due to have been sentenced at Mold Crown Court yesterday.

Meanwhile Davies' partner, Rhian Jones, 48, of the same address, was not brought to court by prison officials.

Simon Medland, prosecuting, said Davies was due at court at 9am but had not turned up.

Wanted: Davies, 65 His barrister, Simon Mintz, said he had been made aware of the sentencing date and was confident he would turn up.

Granting the application for a warrant the judge, His Honour Niclas Parry, said he would deal with both defendants at the same time and adjourned sentence until next month. He demanded a written explanation from the prison authorities why Jones was not brought to court. She was found guilty by a jury last month and remanded for reports.

Davies had admitted his part in the scam, in which he befriended old ladies, took cash off them, and charged them exorbitant prices for work on their homes, some of it unnecessary.

Police found pounds 48,000 in ready cash in the couple's home. Nearly pounds 9,000 was found under cushions, pounds 6,000 under a cutlery tray and pounds 850 in a freezer.

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Date:Jan 18, 2011
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