Rogue gardener admits more offences

Jason Butcher

Jason Butcher

First published in News

A BLOXHAM man has admitted six more fraud offences over gardening cons that hit county residents as old as 94.

Jason Butcher, 29, of Newlands Farm Caravan site, Milton Road, will be sentenced next month after admitting 14 offences.

Butcher, left, admits theft after borrowing £700 from Kristeen Goodband, 75, in Banbury, to buy strimmer blades in August 2010 and then not paying her back. He also admitted fraud by charging her £1,575 to cut a cypress hedge but not carrying out work to the full amount.

On October 12, 2010, he committed the same offence with George Payne, 84, in Oxford, by charging £120 to cut down a sycamore tree which Butcher falsely said had honey fungus.

He admits a similar charge over billing Ruth Purser, 94, in Carterton, a total of £450 to take down a “dangerous” tree on November 29, 2010.

In January 2011 he charged Eileen Mosson, 77, of Wallingford, £4,400 for work to trees in her garden but did not carry out work to that value.

Butcher also admitted breaching consumer protection regulations over work to trees at the Brightwell-cum-Sotwell home of Anne Marie Fisher, 55, in March last year.

He also admitted six offences of transferring criminal property.

Prosecutor Matthew Corrie said at Oxford Magistrates’ Court yesterday: “These offences are really confidence fraud.”

Magistrates agreed with Mr Corrie that the case was so serious Butcher should be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court.

He was remanded to appear on November 19.

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