Victims of rogue builder Mark Jenkins, many of whom who attended court, wept as personal impact statements were read.
One Merthyr Tydfil customer, who shelled out thousands of pounds for an extension, said the fraud had brought his marriage 'to the brink of collapse'.
"We are now living with a constant reminder of his deceit and our gullibility," the victim said.
"He will have a lasting effect upon our family and we will suffer financially for 10 years."
One Cardiff man paid Jenkins an £18,500 deposit to build an annexe at his home for his terminally ill grandmother.
"As my grandmother's health deteriorated I had to constantly say the work was continuing and she knew she was near the end and wanted to spend her final days and weeks at home as she did not want to be in hospital," he said.
"She died in hospital and her final words were 'When can I come home?"'
Police said the five-year prison sentence for a rogue trader, described as a 'complete cowboy', reflects the seriousness of his crime.
A builder described as a 'complete cowboy' has been jailed for five years after defrauding families in Wales out of thousands of pounds.
Mark Jenkins, 45, used a number of aliases to target customers in Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil, plus others in Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare and Bristol, over more than two years.
Jenkins overcharged his victims, demanded large sums upfront as deposits and regularly failed to complete work.
He had previously served a prison sentence for an earlier rogue builder fraud and was declared bankrupt - but changed his name to avoid notoriety.
The oldest woman in Wales has died in hospital following a short illness.
Nellie Robinson, who was 109 years old, was born in Yorkshire but had lived in North Wales for most of her life.
Born in January 1905, Mrs Robinson began work at just 13 years old, sewing buttons onto First World War soldiers' uniforms.
She was living at the Hafod Mawddach care home in Barmouth in her final days, passing away at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Her grandson Lee Knight said Mrs Robinson, a widow, was a "typically forthright" Yorkshirewoman who would be well-remembered in Meirionnydd.
Care home manager Sandra Campbell said: "Mrs Robinson lived here for about a year and we're all very sad at her passing.
"It was an honour and a privilege to have met Mrs Robinson. She was a caring and thoughtful lady."
The longest living person in Wales is now Gwenllian Davies of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, who is aged 109 and 19 days.
The death of a vulnerable musician at the hands of a heroin addict seeking money for drugs has been described by police as "particularly tragic".
A coroner has returned an open verdict into the death of Newport teenager Nida Naseer.
The 18-year-old's body was found on the foreshore of the Gwent Wetlands in March, nearly three months after she disappeared from her home in Pill.
Her father told the court her disappearance in December last year was a mystery.
Coroner David Bowen said there was insufficient evidence for him to reach a conclusion as to how she died.
A heroin addict found guilty of murdering a man just five days after being released from jail will serve at least another 20 years behind bars.
Gareth Wyn Jones, 28, attacked David Lewis - described as 'vulnerable' - in order to steal money and his bank card to pay for a drugs binge.
Cardiff Crown Court heard Mr Lewis, 45, suffered around 100 blunt force injuries to his head and neck, before being strangled and left face down in the River Taff.
Jones had pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. But after more than five hours of deliberations, a jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdict and ruled the killing was intentional.
Jones had only just become a free man after serving half of a six-year sentence for stabbing his girlfriend in the head with a fork.
A male passenger has died after two cars were involved in a crash on the B4547 near Felinheli, Gwynedd, last night.
One driver, a man, was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor with life-threatening injuries.
The other driver, also male, escaped injury.
A builder described as a 'complete cowboy', defrauding dozens of trusting customers out of almost £1 million, will be sentenced later today.
Mark Jenkins, from Caerphilly, overcharged his victims, demanded large sums of money upfront as deposits and regularly failed to complete work.
The 45-year-old was previously known as Mark Killick and also used the name Mark Richards, trading as Pro-Fit Builders, XL Builders and Trade Bookers.
A total of 42 homeowners across Cardiff, Methyr Tydfil, Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare and Bristol fell victim to him.