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Essex conman who targeted elderly woman in Colchester put behind bars

PUBLISHED: 18:31 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:31 06 September 2017

Daniel McCarther, who has been jailed for fraud and burglary. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Daniel McCarther, who has been jailed for fraud and burglary. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

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An “unscrupulous criminal” who targeted an elderly woman demanding cash for work he had not carried out has been jailed.

Before Chelmsford Crown Court today was Daniel McCarther, of Beambridge in Pitsea, who visited his victim’s home in Colchester twice in June asking to speak to her son.

On the first occasion the 86-year-old woman, who lives in Tall Trees, spoke with McCarther before going inside her house.

She was followed inside by McCarther, who was not invited in, who then demanded money for previously changing door locks despite someone else carrying out the work.

The frightened victim gave him £30 but he continued to demand more, threatening to remove the locks and repeatedly ignoring her requests for him to leave before eventually leaving.

Nine days later 34-year-old McCarther turned up at her door again – this time asking for a £30 deposit for work he claimed her son had agreed for him to carry out.

Leaivng empty-handed, he was challenged by a passing neighbour who he acted aggressively towards.

Unemployed McCarther admitted fraud and burglary when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court at the end of July.

The burglary charge related to a separate break-in at a home in Crowborough Road in Southend earlier this year.

He was jailed at the same court today for a year and three months, handed a two-year restraining order ad ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge.

Ds Stuart Knight from Colchester’s CID said: “McCarther is an unscrupulous criminal who tried to con an elderly, vulnerable woman out of money.

“I am pleased he has been taken off the streets and that a restraining order is now in place preventing him from contacting her.”

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