Thursday 22 February 2018

Man who conned elderly woman out of €3.5k in 'despicable' scam given more time to pay compensation

Charles O'Brien
Charles O'Brien

A workman who conned an elderly householder out of more than €3,500 for unnecessary roof repairs has been given more time to pay compensation.

Charles O'Brien (38) showed the victim rotten timbers, pretending they had come from his home.

His case was adjourned after a court heard he has now paid €2,000 to the victim, but needed more time to come up with the balance.

O'Brien had taken the old wood to the man's house to deceive him and took three payments from him in what a judge described as a "despicable crime".

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing at Blan- chardstown District Court.

O'Brien, of Rosebank Place, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to three counts of deception.

According to the charges, he dishonestly induced the victim to make two payments of €1,500 and one of €570.

The offences happened on dates unknown between March 11 and 16 last year at the Cappaghmore estate, Clondalkin.

The case was originally heard last year and had been adjourned for the payment of compensation.

When it came back before Judge McHugh, defence solicitor Simon Fleming said O'Brien had paid €2,000 and was seeking more time.

The accused was remanded on continuing bail.

Previously, Sgt Maria Call-aghan said the accused and another man went to the victim's home and told him the roof needed repair.

Rotten timbers were brought by O'Brien and shown to the victim, who was told they were from his roof.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level on a guilty plea only. The accused had previous motoring convictions.

"I wish to add that I consider the crime to be despicable," said the judge.

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