Saturday, 17 June 2017
'Gardener charged PS1,750 for 1hr job' Man granted bail over alleged scam.
Byline: ALAN ERWIN
ROGUE traders charged a terminally ill man PS1,750 for an
hour's gardening work, the High Court heard.
Prosecutors also claimed those involved in the alleged scam
distributed leaflets to other homes offering a special rate for
Details emerged yesterday as bail was granted to a 43-year-old man
accused of being at the centre of the deception.
Bernard Larkin faces a charge of fraud by false representation.
He allegedly turned up with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfNmypOk45k two others at the victim's home in
Comber, Co Down, on May 31 offering to carry out gardening work.
The 59-year-old man who lives there with his elderly mother, who
has dementia, was described as vulnerable and terminally ill.
The prosecutor said he was not wearing glasses and mistook the
callers for his regular gardener.
One of the men was said to have replied 'yes' when asked,
'Is that you Ivan?'
Crown lawyer David McClean told judge Mr Justice O'Hara:
"They carried https://elberslandscape.com/ out minor gardening and maintenance work for
approximately an hour.
"Then a male came to the door and requested payment of PS1,750
in cash - that payment was handed over to them."
As part of his bail Larkin, of Artabrackagh Road, Portadown, Co
Armagh, was eanned from being in goods vehicles and from home or garden
''A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfNmypOk45k male came to the door and requested payment in cash
DAVID MCCLEAN high court yesterday
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