Bogus workman sent to prison

Hugh McPhee was jailed at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
Hugh McPhee was jailed at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

A bogus workman who demanded an ‘exhorbitant’ amount from pensioners for home repairs has been jailed for a year at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

Hugh McPhee (27), a prisoner, and unknown accomplices targeted women aged 82 and 79, telling them roughcasting work was needed as well as repairs to a path and a chimney.

The charge stated the price quoted was ‘exhorbitant’ and no work was ever carried out.

McPhee, believed to be from the Motherwell area, admitted getting £4,150 by fraud from the pensioners in Glasgow in April and May this year.

It was also alleged that McPhee and others got £250 by fraud from a pensioner in Legbrannock Crescent, Newarthill, in March this year.

That charge stated the gang pretended they had replaced roof tiles at a cost of £550. It was alleged the woman handed over £250 and promised to pay the balance.

McPhee’s not guilty plea to that charge was accepted.

Sheriff Thomas Millar jailed him for one year, but backdated the sentence to May as McPhee, who admitted previous convictions, had been in jail since then in connection with the charges.

More from the court in this week’s Times & Speaker, on sale tomorrow.