Nine years for rogue builder
A rogue builder who escorted pensioners to their banks to ensure he was paid for his dodgy work has been jailed for nine years after conning customers out of more than £105,000.
Paul Gaffney (51), of Park Grove, Portsmouth, Hampshire, was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court for fraud involving 18 householders.
A Portsmouth City Council spokesman said that Gaffney would approach residents on their doorsteps and carry out substandard work.
The spokesman said: "Gaffney had no qualms about ripping off elderly residents for falsely or improperly-done home repairs. He even bullied some elderly customers, accompanying them to their banks to withdraw his payment."