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Rogue builder jailed for 'preying on elderly and vulnerable'

A rogue builder has been jailed for 15 months, after charging an elderly woman £140,000 for repairs to her house worth just £6,000.

Ronnie Connors, 39, moved in when he saw weeds growing through paving on the pensioner's driveway in Rhiwbina, Cardiff - but warned there were more problems, and tricked her into paying for work on rendering, an almost rebuilt garage, gutter and weatherboard replacement.

Ronnie Connors was described in court as 'a rogue trader preying on the elderly and vulnerable.' Credit: Wales News Service

Prosecutor Lee Reynolds told Cardiff Crown Court: "By the time she had paid out between £70,000 and £90,000 she lost track and later told police 'they just kept finding things to do.'"

An expert estimated the work done needed should have cost £6,000.

The court heard that Connors lives in a mansion outside Cardiff, and had bought several new cars.

He had also overcharged two other elderly victims.

Connors admitted three charges of aggressive business practice and had to repay the money.

Recorder George Bull told Connors: "You are a thoroughly dishonest businessman preying on people and you chose your victims carefully. It was despicable conduct and your should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself."

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