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Conman told by judge he must repay money to elderly widow

A MARRIED man who defrauded an elderly woman of hundreds of euro by grossly overcharging her for work has been given until June to pay back the money.

James O'Brien (23) admitted that he "might have charged a bit much" when he was interviewed by gardai in relation to the matter. He appeared before Tralee Circuit Court yesterday on four counts of obtaining money by deception from Mrs Lillian Carmody of Old Golf Links Road, Tralee, in October 2009. The court heard that Mrs Carmody is turning 77.

O'Brien, of Gortroe, Fossa, Killarney, admitted calling to her home and asking her did she want to have her path power hosed. They agreed on a price of €177 but when the job was done he persuaded her the price they had agreed was €377.

The defendant returned to Mrs Carmody's house the following day with another man to carry out further work. In total,Mrs Carmody had written out four cheques for works for €377, €950, €700 and €250 although the cheque for €250 had been cancelled before it was cashed.

Defending counsel Brian McInerney said O'Brien had acknowledged his guilt when interviewed by gardai.

Judge Carroll Moran adjourned the case until next month to see if the money could be paid.

Irish Independent