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Hampshire gardeners Robert and James Whitaker in OAP swindle

By Jenny Makin

7:36am Friday 1st February 2013

Hampshire gardeners in OAP swindle

TWO Hampshire gardeners are facing prison after being found guilty of ripping off an elderly man who was forced to pay thousands of pounds for work they supposedly carried out in his garden.

Robert Whitaker and his nephew James – who described themselves as “travelling boys” who would cold call residents across the county to try to get work – will have to wait until later this month to learn their fate after being convicted of fraud.

Jurors at Southampton Crown Court acquitted James’ brother, John, 43, of the charge.

The court has heard how the pair, known as Bill and Jimmy, conned an 89-year-old man out of £6,400 for work they claimed to have done in his garden on some 13 occasions between July and December 2011.

They had even driven him to the bank to take money out of the cashpoint machine on occasions and were only caught when staff at HSBC bank noticed unusual transactions on the victim’s account and raised the alarm.

James, 40, ran Chandler’s Ford Tree and Landscape Services, but would often use his uncle Robert to assist with heavy work.

He had told jurors how he was “not a dishonest man” but had never paid tax because he didn’t think he earned enough.

Robert had been in the gardening trade for 15 years, running his own firm Robert Whitaker Tree Care, and said he would “rather die” than rip off a customer because his own mother had fallen victim to rogue traders in the past.

Robert, 47, formerly of Ennell Copse, North Baddesley, and James, 40, from Triangle Gardens, Nursling, will be sentenced on February 17.

Comments(9)

Comments(9)

massimoosti says...
9:13am Fri 1 Feb 13

Throw the knocking scum behind bars............but let them up their local for a pint first

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...
11:55am Fri 1 Feb 13

Scum

loosehead says...
3:12pm Fri 1 Feb 13

I hate & detest scum like this lock them up & put them on a strict fitness exercise & if they suffer tough

Vix1 says...
11:03pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Used to these men around Baddesley, so glad we moved!!

Draconian Measures says...
6:45am Sun 10 Feb 13

...Pikies !!

percy85 says...
12:21pm Thu 21 Feb 13

what was the outcome of this news item.sentencing was on 18.2.13. but nothing in the echo so far this week.about robert and james whitaker, gardeners swindling an OAP

percy85 says...
4:59pm Fri 22 Feb 13

still no news on the sentencing of these two. a lot of readers would like to know the outcome of this.

percy85 says...
4:59pm Fri 22 Feb 13

still no news on the sentencing of these two. a lot of readers would like to know the outcome of this.

percy85 says...
4:59pm Fri 22 Feb 13

still no news on the sentencing of these two. a lot of readers would like to know the outcome of this.

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