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Conman rogue trader sentenced for fraud after intimidating elderly dementia sufferer

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.


Rogue trader who targeted woman with dementia sentenced

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.

Conman to be sentenced for preying on pensioner living with dementia

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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.

Dementia diagnosis concern, full report

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.


Dementia carers: 'Important to ensure each person's needs are recognised'

My career has allowed me to meet a number of servicemen and women and hear the amazing stories they have to tell. Although, I do not have an Armed Forces background, I have a strong interest in history and will soon complete an MA at Birmingham University on the Second World War.

"I have also seen for myself the effect a dementia diagnosis can have on veterans and their families, and am looking forward to ensuring that each carer's needs are recognised and adequately supported."

– Ben Upton, from Birmingham, will head the service as lead nurse
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