Conman jailed - Cuffley


Conmen tricked their way into a 94-year-old woman's home in Cuffley when the entrance to her block of flats was open while engineers repaired the lift.

The men were working on the lift in Lambs Close when they heard a man with an Irish accent tell the woman, who lives alone on the first floor, that there was a leak.

Ann Evans, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, 22 July 2014, that two men were let inside by the elderly woman. One went to the kitchen while another sat down in the lounge. They left the scene empty-handed, but the police had been called.

CCTV images were viewed which led to the arrest of 48-year-old Michael Casey. Casey, of Maple Avenue, West Drayton, pleaded guilty to burgling the woman's home at 2.15 in the afternoon of 05 March this year.

Daniel Kersh, defending, said Casey had not been convicted of burglary for 25 years. He said he had divorced and was living with his mother and three children.

Judge John Plumstead commented: "I wonder what he would think if someone was bamboozling his way into his mother's premises." The judge went on: "There is little more that is despicable than picking on old and lonely people." He jailed him for 26 months.

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