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Roofer jailed after conning pensioner.

Byline: By Ross McCarthy

A ROOFER who conned a vulnerable pensioner out of cash after claiming for work that he had not done has been jailed for 15 months at Birmingham Crown Court.

Glen Pardoe, who had a string of similar convictions, was told he had committed a "vile and despicable" offence.

Pardoe, 51, of Shirestone Road, Kitts Green, had previously been convicted of dishonestly making a false representation.

Judge Patrick Thomas QC said Pardoe targeted elderly people and that he had done it "again and again".

He added: "It is a scandalous and disgraceful way of getting hold of other peoples' money."

Lal Amarasinghe, prosecuting, said Pardoe had initially charged the 85-year-old victim from Bordesley Green pounds 6 for clearing his guttering. However, he then claimed he had repaired a number of broken roof tiles, persuading the man to hand over pounds 260.

When the roof was later examined by an expert he found no evidence of repair work.

Pardoe was arrested as a result of a DNA match after leaving a glove behind at the scene.

Kevin Grego, prosecuting, said Pardoe had a cocaine addiction and that only a relatively small amount of money was involved.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 12, 2009
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