Bogus window cleaner jailed - Ware

27/10/2015

A bogus window cleaner, who conned an elderly woman with dementia out of more than £1000, was jailed for 3 years today, Tuesday, 27 October 2015.

Kevin Presland, aged 34, befriended the victim after visiting her home in Vicarage Road, Ware in May and June this year. He escorted her to a cash point to withdraw money and also tried to burgle her home, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Stephen Mather said: "She suffers from dementia and she trusted him. He took a total of £1,093.80p. He was seen taking her to the ATM on CCTV at the bank."

The prosecutor said that on five occasions Presland had also posed as a window cleaner to other customers in Ware on 10, 11, 13, 14 of June.

Presland, of Cromwell Road, Ware, pleaded guilty to theft, attempted burglary and five charges of fraud. He appeared for sentence via a video link from Bedford jail.

Sally Jackson, defending, said that Presland was 'in the throes' of drug addiction at the time. She said he had spent his first time in custody while waiting for sentence and was now taking methadone in an attempt to rid himself of drugs. She asked for a suspended sentence to be passed.

But Judge John Plumstead jailed him, saying: "This was appalling, shameful behaviour." The Judge also made a Criminal Behaviour Order banning Presland from cold calling at homes in the next five years and carrying drugs or drug paraphernalia.

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