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Builder jailed for £55k swindles

An “incompetent” and “thoroughly dishonest” builder was yesterday jailed for four-and-a-half years after conning customers out of nearly £55,000.

Darryl Glynn (45) of Carr Street, Selby, North Yorkshire, was sentenced at York Crown Court yesterday afternoon after earlier pleading guilty to 21 offences of dishonesty relating to seven customers.

The court was told he made his victims pay money to him up front before either failing to carry out any work on their properties or conducting substandard work which left the householders facing bills of tens of thousands of pounds to repair.

Glynn was “aggressive” and “abusive” to customers who queried him, leaving them locked in a “vicious cycle” and feeling they had no choice but to pay him the money, the court heard.

He dishonestly obtained a total of £54,990 from his victims and attempted to obtain a further £23,750.

Sentencing Glynn to prison and disqualifying him from trading as a company director for 10 years, Judge Peter Hunt told him: “You were a persistent, determined criminal.

“You treated customers with contempt and by intimidating them when they thought they were dealing with a professional.”

Speaking about the impact his actions had on his victims, the judge added: “I'm thinking not just of the financial toll it has taken on them, very considerable though that is, I think of all the anxiety, distress and downright worry they've been caused by your conduct.”

The judge added: “Your approach to the complaints was to adopt an intimidating, sometimes downright aggressive and abusive reaction to them, whereupon they felt coerced into making more and more payments.”

Prosecutor Kate Dodds said: “He was not only an incompetent builder but thoroughly dishonest.”

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