A rogue trader has been jailed for four years for swindlng an elderly woman with dementia out of hundreds of pounds for odd jobs at her home that he never completed.
43 year old Robert Johnson was caught by police on CCTV operating in Chemsley Wood in Solihull.
His victim was 91 year old Joan Smith who had dementia and arthritis. Chris Halpin has been in court.
The son of a 91-year-old woman who became the victim of a rogue trader, says his mother was targeted because of her dementia.
Gary Smith, the son of Joan Smith, said Robert Johnson kept returning to the house for more money.
A man who preyed on a 91-year-old woman living with dementia, has today been sentenced to four years in prison.
Robert Johnson, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary.
Johnson, who will have to serve at least half of his sentence, was found guilty of one count of fraud by false representation, and three counts of burglary.
He was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.
A rogue trader who swindled £700 from a 90-year-old woman suffering from dementia will today be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.
Robert Johnson, who pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and fraud, repeatedly went to the home of Joan Smith in Chelmsley Wood, where he claimed he was carrying out odd jobs.
He was later caught out by covert surveillance cameras rigged by West Midlands Police.
Sir David Nicholson has signed a wall at an NHS conference to "pledge to become a dementia friend," someone who is trained to help spot the early signs of the disease.
New figures from the Alzheimer's Society show that, in some parts of the East Midlands, just four in ten people with dementia are being diagnosed with the condition.
The charity says it's disappointing that the number of cases being spotted varies so greatly between different parts of the region.
Our correspondent Peter Bearne has been talking to one woman who says health professionals repeatedly refused to accept her elderly mother had the disease.
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